Chelsea’s Champions League aspirations hang by a thread as they head into their final Group E match against Valencia on Tuesday. Bayer Leverkusen have already qualified meaning the tie at Stamford Bridge is a winner takes all game.
Although a goalless draw would be enough to put the Londoners through if Leverkusen do not lose in Genk.
Chelsea boss Andre Villas-Boas, whose future at the club has come under speculation said: “A goal represents a lot for them (Valencia), it makes things even more difficult for us, but we just have to take the initiative of the game because that’s what we have been doing in the past so. We won’t change our strategy because we are playing such an important game.’‘
Chelsea have not lost against Valencia in five games, a statistic the on-form Spaniards will look to change this week.
Arriving in London Valencia are in fine fettle and will be full of confidence heading into the game after maintaining their grip on third place in the domestic league over the weekend.
In form striker Roberto Saldado should spearhead the Spaniard attack as he looks to add to his five goals in the competition so far.
Bayer Leverkusen are already through but in case of a goalless draw their result against Genk could prove crucial in deciding who progresses with them.
Arsenal have already booked their ticket to the last 16 but any of the three other teams could join the Gunners, who travel to Olympiakos while Borussia Dortmund host Marseille.
Group G is a straightforward affair. Apoel are assured of qualification Second-placed Zenit St Petersburg travel to third-placed Porto. The Portuguese need a win and the Russians a draw.
Group H is the only group already decided where Barca will finish top and AC Milan second – The reigning champs welcome BATE Borisov and the Italians travel to Viktoria Plzen.