Chelsea defender Paulo Ferreira believes the Stamford Bridge side can emulate the Porto side he was in that won the Champions League in 2004.
That was the year Jose Mourinho guided the Portuguese champions to the title before leaving to take over at Chelsea.
Ferreira was in the Blues starting line-up for their quarter-final first-leg win over Benfica earlier this week and he feels that the west Londoners can do what his former side managed to do under Mourinho and take Europe’s big boys by surprise.
“In 2004, I won with Porto when maybe no one expected to see us win the Champions League instead of all the top, big clubs,” he is quoted as saying in The Daily Express.
“Can we win the Champions League? Why not? We have to believe in our players and our work. We have a wonderful squad. Anything can happen.”
It would be a great surprise if Roberto di Matteo can lead his side all the way to victory at the Allianz Arena, Munich in May.
Despite a good win in Portugal, not many people are backing the Blues to make it past the semi-finals, if they get there, where they would meet either AC Milan or reigning champions Barcelona.
League form has been a problem for them and they are currently five points behind Tottenham Hotspur, who are occupying the final Champions League qualification spot.
Although there are other chances of glory as the two sides also meet in an FA Cup semi-final in just over two weeks and Ferreira believes that success is possible in all three competitions, but admits it will be far from straightforward.
“It’s going to be difficult for us in the league now but we’re still in the Champions League and the FA Cup. We still believe we can win them,” he added.
“But Benfica are still dangerous opponents. They can score goals away from home so we have to be careful.”
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