Football legend Fabio Cannavaro has backed Chelsea to win this season’s UEFA Champions League again this season.
The Blues drew 3-3 away to Zenit St. Petersburg last night, which meant they finished second in their group behind Juventus. It could lead to Chelsea facing an unfavorable draw in the Champions League Round of 16. Their potential opponents include Real Madrid and Bayern Munich.
Thomas Tuchel’s side have also looked off-color in recent times, having won just one of their last four matches across competitions. However, Cannavaro believes Chelsea can defend their Champions League title this season. Speaking to Walfoot (via Metro), the Italian legend said:
“I think Chelsea can do it (retain their title). They have a great manager in Thomas Tuchel, and a very good team.”
Cannavaro acknowledged that Real Madrid’s Champions League three-peat between 2016 and 2018 was a “historic” achievement. However, he put his faith in English clubs in this season’s competition.
“Real Madrid did it three years in a row, which was a historical accomplishment for the club and Zidane. But to win the Champions League, you need a lot of things to go your way. For me, English clubs are better prepared.”
Despite their recent wobble, Chelsea are just two points behind leaders Manchester City in the Premier League. It is also worth noting that they rotated their side for the encounter with Zenit, with many first-choice players not participating in the 3-3 draw.