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Michael Essien tips Chelsea as Champions League favourites

Former Ghana and Real Madrid midfielder, Michael Essien has tipped his former club Chelsea to win the ongoing Champions League.

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MADRID, SPAIN – SEPTEMBER 01: Real Madrid new signing Michael Essien looks on during a press conference after he signs a season-long loan with Real Madrid on September 1, 2012 in Madrid, Spain. (Photo by Victor Carretero/Real Madrid via Getty Images)

The Premier League side have been reaping some impressive results under Thomas Tuchel.

In their quarterfinals game against FC Porto, Mason Mount and Ben Chilwell scored to hand the Blues a 2-0 advantage over the Portuguese champions ahead of the return game at the same Estadio Ramon Sanchez Pizuan in a week time in Sevilla.

In an interview, the club legend has backed the current Chelsea squad to win the competition and will be a great achievement for them and the club.

Essien also stressed that his former Chelsea teammate Frank Lampard should be given much credit if Chelsea achieve that glory following his good works when he was in charge giving some youngsters like Mason Mount a chance in the first team.

“I think they can win it. If they win the Champions League that would be a great achievement for the players and the football club,” Essien, who won the Champions League in 2012 told talkSPORTS.

“I have to be proud of him [Frank Lampard] for what he did because I think he did a very good job.

“He brought several young players through so I think he did a good job. He did very well.”

He also heaped praises on Thomas Tuchel stating he is the right choice for the job.

“For Tuchel, he came in and is doing a great job at the moment. I think he’s the right man for the team,” he said.

Chelsea will play either Liverpool or Real Madrid in the semi-finals should win or draw in the return game against Porto.

The current FC Nordsjaelland trainer was sensational during his spell with the Blues playing over 100 appearances at Stamford Bridge.

Essien won several laurels for the Premier League during his stay with teh club. He joined Chelsea from FC Lyon in 2005.

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