Sevilla manager Julen Lopetegui has named Chelsea among teams capable of winning the UEFA Champions League this season.
The former Real Madrid boss believes Chelsea’s early season struggle won’t define their season and backs the blues to compete for the Champions League.
“I really don’t think the starts for the season for both sides count for every much at this point,” Lopetegui told the media ahead of Chelsea clash with Sevilla tonight.
“They have been playing well lately and they will force us to produce our best possible performance across the board. We’re going to need to play very well tomorrow.”
“We are up against one of the teams that could win the title, in Chelsea, but we want to focus on performing well tomorrow – that’s all we can do.
“I think it’s going to be a tough ask. Every match is difficult, but especially in the Champions League against a team like Chelsea.
“Chelsea have bought some good players, invested a lot of money, it’s a great squad and coach that knows the club inside-out.
“It’s very challenging to play in the Champions League, but it’s the culmination of what we did last season.
“We often talk about enjoying football, but that’s the only way we know, to give everything we have.
“They are an extraordinarily strong opposition. Chelsea have some fantastic, top players, but they are going to force us to be at our very best.
“We’ve got to raise ourselves to our very best standard, because that’s the level that we’ll need tomorrow.”