March 18th 2023.
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Paul Merson has expressed his belief that Chelsea can cause a Champions League upset by ousting the holders Real Madrid in the quarter finals. The two European powerhouses have been pitted together in the competition for the third season in succession, with Real having emerged triumphant in the previous two meetings. Madrid earned a 6-2 aggregate victory against Liverpool in the previous round to underscore their status as the team to beat, regardless of their inconsistent domestic form. Chelsea, meanwhile, managed to overturn a first leg deficit and eliminate Borussia Dortmund, and appear to have taken a significant turn for the better under Graham Potter. The Blues are scheduled to face relegation-battling Everton on Saturday and, with their current momentum, Merson believes Potter is capable of engineering the biggest success of his career by overcoming Carlo Ancelotti's Champions League-winning side. He commented, "They have good players. Looking at the team last week, he went with three at the back, which is a solid defensive strategy, and also has a lot of talent in the attack. When you go three at the back, you get more players getting forward, so he has a lot to choose from - it's all about getting it right each week. I think Chelsea are a very dangerous team and, although the Champions League draw is not kind to them, I expect them to beat Real Madrid over two legs."
Paul Merson has voiced his confidence in Chelsea's ability to pull off an upset by overcoming the Champions League holders Real Madrid in the quarterfinals. The two powerhouses in Europe have been pitted against one another for the third consecutive season, with Madrid coming off a 6-2 aggregate win against Liverpool. Chelsea, on the other hand, were able to rally behind and overturn their first leg deficit against Borussia Dortmund, showing signs of progress under Graham Potter. This Saturday, they will be looking to make it four in a row against struggling Everton. Merson believes that with the momentum they have, Potter is capable of leading Chelsea to a historic victory over Carlo Ancelotti's Champions League veterans. He commented: "They've got good players. Potter has opted for three at the back, which allows more players to get forward. He's got a wide selection to choose from, and it's all about making the right selections each week. Chelsea are incredibly dangerous and I expect them to beat Real Madrid over the two legs."