Former Chelsea player-manager Gianluca Vialli has backed his old club to go all the way to the Champions League final this season.
In a recent interview with talkSPORT the passionate Italian spoke of his belief that the Blues possess enough quality and have what it takes to bring European success to Stamford Bridge.
"Chelsea are out of the championship race, I think, so they will be able to focus on the Champions League," he said.
"They are very hungry to win the Champions League because they have been so close for so many years. They deserve to get at least to the final and I’m sure they will."
Vialli went on to back Carlo Ancelotti’s side to capitalise on home advantage and emerge victorious from Wembley Stadium on 28 May with the 2011 European crown.
"They have got a great side with great players. Obviously, they need to be lucky with the draw in the next round but I’ve got a feeling that the final might be Chelsea-Real Madrid."
Despite a recent resurgence that has seen Chelsea win each of their last three Barclays Premier League games, the Blues are still nine points adrift of leaders Manchester United.
And although they have a game in hand with potential to close the gap further, the Champions League is perhaps now seen as Chelsea’s most realistic chance of retaining any silverware this season.
Barcelona are currently the favourites to win the tournament after last night’s impressive 4-3 aggregate victory over Arsenal, but Vialli believes the Catalan club will fall short again this season, leaving Chelsea with everything to play for.
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