Champions League Showdown: Chelsea’s Expensive Acquisitions Face Critical Test
Chelsea’s season hangs in the balance as they welcome Borussia Dortmund to Stamford Bridge for their Champions League last 16-second leg clash on Tuesday, trailing 1-0 from the first leg.
Despite making an all-time record investment of over £500 million ($603 million) in one season, the Blues are currently languishing in 10th position in the Premier League and have crashed out of both domestic cups to Manchester City.
Brighton’s 1-0 win over Leeds on Saturday ended a six-game winless run for the Seagulls, but Graham Potter’s job security remains in question, with the encounter against the German giants viewed as a potential make-or-break moment. Meanwhile, Dortmund comes into the match on a 10-game winning streak that has propelled them into a share of the Bundesliga lead with Bayern Munich.
Chelsea’s recent form has been lackluster, with just three wins from their last 16 games. Scoring goals has been their biggest problem, and much is expected of their expensive new signings.
Only three of Chelsea’s January acquisitions were eligible to be registered for the knockout stages of the Champions League, with Enzo Fernandez, Joao Felix, and Mykhailo Mudryk making the cut. However, Fernandez, in particular, has yet to provide the creative spark in midfield that was anticipated, and his pace was found wanting in the build-up to Karim Adeyemi’s goal in the first leg.