It is no secret that Jose Mourinho is a fan of analogies. Ahead of Monday’s Champions League last 16 draw, the Portuguese has compared the likes of big clubs like Juventus and Barcelona to that of sharks in the ocean.
Chelsea’s group has been relatively easy compared to the tough opponents other English clubs like Manchester City and Liverpool had to contend with. Yet, the last 16 could be a difficult one. According to Sky Sports, Mourinho said:
“We don’t fear anybody, but we know there are very good, strong teams still in this competition.
“Last year we were close and we didn’t have the team playing at such a high level as we do this season, so we can dream we will do it. But let’s see if the sharks let us, because there are a few sharks in the ocean.
“The hardest? Everyone is hard. You think Basel is easy? We lost twice against them last year. They beat Liverpool and three years ago they beat Manchester United.”
Chelsea could potentially draw against these teams: Juventus, Basel, Paris St Germain, Bayer Leverkusen, and Shakhtar Donetsk. Each team represents either a tough or tricky opponent. Undoubtedly, PSG and Juventus represent the ‘biggest sharks’ amongst this lot. Since Chelsea are quite strong at home, having the second leg at Stamford Bridge is likely to be a small advantage.