Petr Cech has urged Chelsea not to underestimate Porto after drawing the Portuguese giants in the Champions League quarter-finals.
Porto secured a stunning victory over Juventus to book their place in the last eight, sending the Bianconeri crashing out on away goals after a thrilling 4-4 aggregate draw.
Chelsea, who swept past Atletico Madrid in the last 16, avoided Premier League rivals Manchester City and Liverpool along with defending champions Bayern Munich but former Blues shot sopper Cech has warned Thomas Tuchel’s side must respect the 2004 champions.
‘When you reach the quarter-final of the Champions League, you know you will face a difficult opponent,’ said Cech.
‘Now with the pandemic there are certain other things that play a part in this Champions League. As it stands now we play Porto as normal away and home, and you can prepare for that.
‘It’s an opponent we need to respect. They have history in the Champions League and European Cup. It’s a team we will be prepared for and ready to play against.
Chelsea and Porto have met eight times in Champions League competition with the Premier League side losing on their last visit to the Estádio do Dragão in 2015.
‘We have played Porto a few times in the Champions League,’ Cech continued.
‘All the games were always tight and very difficult. We expect the same.
‘They were good in the group with Manchester City, and they managed to go and beat Juventus, another giant of European football, so we have to respect that, but we have our confidence and we know the strength of our team.
‘Hopefully we can go through.’