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Chelsea secured a spot in the UEFA Champions League quarter-finals by beating Borussia Dortmund 2-0 (2-1 on aggregate) on Tuesday at Stamford Bridge.

Raheem Sterling scored shortly before half-time and Kai Havertz made the most of his second chance by converting a penalty early in the second half.

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Borussia Dortmund took a 1-0 lead after one leg through Karim Adeyemi, but Chelsea boss Graham Potter insisted his side were very good at the game, just wasteful.

Chelsea join Benfica in the last eight games as Borussia refocus on chasing the Bundesliga crown.

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Potter Blues showcases style, substance in huge win

Over the past two months, Chelsea have gone through all the tests, and almost all of this has happened on their own initiative.

But there was some question whether Graham Potter should be blamed for the mix of new and old Chelsea failing to find its end despite finding real resolve in its own end.

After Tottenham beat Chelsea 2-0 a few weeks ago, the Blues no longer had a defensive strength to fall back on, with some saying ex-Brighton boss Potter out of his mind and soon he will be put out the door.

Potter admitted he struggled to deal with the criticism, but he stayed on his line and continued to encourage his players to do good.

God, how are they, although it’s a bit comical that Raheem Sterling hit his first shot on Chelsea’s first goal and Kai Havertz had to replay the penalty to make it 2-0.

Nothing came easy for the Blues, but Chelsea continued to struggle and Potter deserves credit for that.

The Blues are unlikely to qualify for the Champions League for any other reason than winning the tournament, but in truth they looked capable of it for 180 minutes against a good team from Dortmund.

Anything can happen in the Final 8 and we’ve already seen Chelsea win the European Cup in a bad season at the start of the London club’s glorious existence.

Chelsea Player Ratings – Borussia Dortmund: Show Stars

Kalidou Koulibaly And Mark Cucurella: Thiago Silva and Cesar Azpilicueta were out and Benoît Badiaxile didn’t get through, so the three defenders were a little stretched out. Wesley Fofana was fine, don’t get us wrong, but Koulibaly and Cucurella made us ask, “Who is Thiago?” (before quickly replying to himself, “Thiago Silva. One of the best of his time, yes.”

Chelsea Player Rating - Borussia Dortmund

Emre Can: Efficient at both ends of the field as the former Liverpool player went to great lengths to eliminate his former rivals.

Enzo Fernandez: The day will come when someone will rightly criticize the dear Argentine, but it won’t be a Tuesday: nine rebounds and four clearances next to the roving Mateo Kovacic.

Kai Havertz: He may not have been the most accurate, hitting the post early and conceding his first penalty, but the German missed and was credited with six rebounds. If anything, he should be commended for not fading during this icy race, as he was the only striker that Graham Potter religiously named as the starter.

John Reina: The 20-year-old was pulled into the game after only five minutes and was credited with two created chances, and shortly after Havertz’s penalty he was within Chelsea’s daring goal block.

What’s next?

Chelsea travel to Leicester City for Saturday’s meeting against the Foxes at 10am ET.

Dortmund needs to shake off district derby at 12:30 pm ET on Saturday at Schalke.

Graham Potter reaction

When asked how he feels about winning: “I’m not sure! There’s a lot of emotion at the end. It was tense at the end, but the guys played fantastic. I’m glad they won and I’m happy for everyone here.”

“Inevitably, you will have bad times and good times in life. I don’t see another way to look at it. This is how you react to bad times, see the perspective and analyze it correctly. Things are never bad forever, but sometimes I thought they were.”

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How to watch Chelsea vs Borussia Dortmund live, stream link, start time

Date Time: Tuesday, March 7 at 3:00 pm ET (UPDATE: Start delayed to 3:10 pm due to BVB late arrival)
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How to watch: SEE, Paramount+

Key storylines

This game is the Chelsea season. This game will determine if the Graham Potter superstars can improve in the final months of the campaign and continue the Champions League. They have to stay solid defensively and hope their attackers finally work out. They can beat Dortmund and they showed it in the first leg as they dominated the game, missed a few chances and got counterattacked. Sound familiar, Chelsea fans?

The Blues know that if they score in the first half, all systems will fail, but they will be wary of this young team from Dortmund, who, despite many injuries to attacking players, are now flying and absolutely not afraid. If Potter can take Chelsea even to the semi-finals of the Champions League, then the Chelsea fans will ease the pressure on him. Of course they want to finish in the top four in the Premier League, but this is unlikely this season, so the only possibility for them to play in the Champions League next season is to win this tournament. Expectations are high. First of all: let’s see if Chelsea can reach the quarter-finals. Baby steps.

Chelsea team news, squad options

NOT REMOVED: N’Golo Kante (hamstring), Thiago Silva (knee), Edouard Mendy (shoulder), Armando Broja (knee), Mason Mount (abdominal), Cesar Azpilicueta (concussion).

Borussia Dortmund team news, squad options

NOT OUT: Youssouf Mukoko (knee), Karim Adeyemi (muscle), Donyell Malen (ankle), Gregor Kobel (muscle), Julien Duranville (muscle), Mateu Moray Bauza (fitness)

A UEFA Champions Quarter-final is well within reach for Tottenham if they can close a 1-0 gap to Milan when they reunite in No. 1. 2 in north London on Wednesday.

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Brahim Diaz scored the only goal in the first leg after seven minutes as Tottenham put in 0.44xG on 11 shots compared to Milan’s 1.89xG on 9 shots. It was perhaps Antonio Conte’s most sluggish performance of the full season, but they have a real hope of making it to the last eight.

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Here’s everything you need for Tottenham vs Milan.

How to watch Tottenham vs Milan live, stream link, start time

Date Time: Wednesday, March 8 at 3:00 pm ET
Statistics: Through the scoreboard on
How to watch: SEE, Paramount+

Key storylines

Just in time for the second leg on Wednesday, Conte returned to work after an extended holiday to recuperate from gallbladder surgery.

“I wanted to come back after the Sheffield United game but the doctor stopped me and said you have to listen…


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