Chelsea defence tipped to inspire Champions League glory

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Ex-Chelsea assistant manager Ray Wilkins believes his former employers stand an excellent chance of winning this season’s Champions League title - thanks to the team’s solid defence.

Chelsea will play La Liga contenders Atletico Madrid in the Champions League semi-finals later this month. Win that two-legged tie and the Blues would then take on the winners of the other semi-final, contested between Bayern Munich and Real Madrid, in next month’s final in Lisbon.

Wilkins feels Chelsea boast the strongest back-four of all the semi-finalists - and believes this could ultimately help the west London outfit win their second-ever European Cup.

"I give them a massive chance because they look to be the only team left in the competition that can keep a clean sheet,” Wilkins, who briefly worked as the assistant manager of Fulham earlier this season, told Sky Sports News Radio.

"I watched the Barcelona-Atletico game and there were chances galore. It was very similar in the other match as well so Chelsea with their defensive set-up have as good a chance as anybody.

"They have a defensive quality that is exceptional. Okay, the strikers haven't functioned as Jose would have liked them to, but in the midfield section they have so much creativity and goals."

Chelsea are currently the outsiders to win the competition, with the bookmakers’ odds suggesting Bayern Munich have the best chance of lifting European club football’s most prestigious trophy, followed by Real Madrid and their neighbours Atletico.

Jose Mourinho’s side advanced to the semi-finals thanks to Tuesday’s dramatic 2-0 victory over Paris Saint-Germain at Stamford Bridge, but is Wilkins right: can Chelsea go all the way?

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