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Joe Cole rates Chelsea, Liverpool chances of  winning this season Champions League after quarter-final draw



Joe Cole

Former England midfielder, Joe Cole, has revealed that Chelsea and Liverpool are both capable of winning this season champions league.

Liverpool, who won the Champions League in 2019, face Real Madrid in the quarter-finals as they try to end a miserable campaign.

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Chelsea, who have returned to the top four since Thomas Tuchel replaced Frank Lampard as manager in December, tackle Porto in the last 8.

“Everyone would have wanted Porto,’ former Chelsea, Liverpool and England star Cole told BT Sport after the draw was made.

“They beat a really poor Juventus side on the night. ‘Porto were okay, they showed that togetherness.

“They played very much like [Atletico Madrid manager] Diego Simeone’s teams play actually. Pepe was magnificent for them but he’s 38.

“Chelsea, with the run they’re on and the squad they’ve got, they’ve got to be favourites there. They will be delighted with that draw, that’s for sure.

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Jurgen Klopp and Thomas Tuchel

Jurgen Klopp’s side have not had a good season in the Premier League compared to Thomas Tuchel Chelsea team. ( Photo by Getty Images)

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“Under Tuchel, they look athletic and solid. They look like they’re all together and that’s important too.

“I think they’ve got the second best squad in the Premier League. They’re in great form so you can’t write them off. I think they’re second or third favourites now.”

On Liverpool’s chances, Cole added: “You can’t write them off either.

“We’re sitting here thinking you’d take Liverpool in the draw but if they get it together, they can beat anyone.

“They will fancy their chances against Real Madrid, who are in disarray. It’s an old Madrid team. For me, they’re not a massive threat.”