Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho has described his side’s Champions League game against FC Porto on Wednesday as a knockout tie.
The Blues who top Group G on goal difference could be knocked out of the UEFA Champions League if they lose to FC Porto and Dynamo Kyiv defeats Maccabi Tel Aviv.
‘It is another Champions League game but one with the difference that I play against a team from my country, a team I worked with for a few years, and one with the difference that this is the group phase but because of the results so far, it is transformed to be a knockout phase,’ Mourinho said, chelseafc.com reports.
‘That is because normally Dynamo win their game [against Maccabi Tel Aviv] so from Porto and Chelsea, one team will go to the Europa League.
‘I know at the moment it looks like winning the Europa League is an easier way to be in the Champions League next season than to finish in the top four [of the Premier League],’ he added, ‘but there is another possibility which is to win the Champions League. It is obviously harder than winning the Europa League but it is the competition where we are.
‘We want to play in the Champions League and play the best teams, and for that we need to win tomorrow(Wednesday).’