Chelsea v Borussia Dortmund LIVE result: Champions League score as Sterling and Havertz send Chelsea through

Chelsea have work to do if they want to progress to the Champions League quarter-finals when they take on Borussia Dortmund in their round of 16 second leg tonight.

Despite an impressive performance during the reverse fixture the Blues trail Dortmund 1-0 on aggregate thanks to Karim Adeyemi’s counter-attacking strike but they will bring confidence into the match after edging past Leeds at the weekend. Consecutive wins will ease the growing pressure on manager Graham Potter who is still trying to impose his style on Chelsea’s team of superstars.

However, the Blues have a difficult task ahead of them. Potter’s side have struggled to score goals – they’ve netted just four times in their last 11 matches across all competitions and never more than once in a game – but must put at least two past a high-flying Dortmund side if they want to progress without extra-time or penalties.

Edin Terzić’s side are on an 11-game winning streak that stretches back to November 2022. They are second in the Bundesliga, on goal difference only, and look like possible contenders to make it far in Europe his year.

Follow all the action as Chelsea host Borussia Dortmund in the Champions League last-16:

Chelsea vs Borussia Dortmund

  • Chelsea beat Borussia Dortmund 2-0 in the Champions League last-16 second leg to triumph 2-1 on aggregate

  • Raheem Sterling and Kai Havertz score in stirring comeback win

  • FULL-TIME! Chelsea 2-0 Borussia Dortmund (agg: 2-1)

  • 53’ GOAL! - Havertz’s penalty puts Chelsea two up (CHE 2-0 DOR)

  • 44’ GOAL! - Sterling puts Chelsea ahead (CHE 1-0 DOR)

  • 38’ DISALLOWED GOAL! - Havertz is denied a goal after Sterling drifts offside (CHE 0-0 DOR)

  • 28’ OFF THE POST! - Havertz’s strike from inside the box hits the post (CHE 0-0 DOR)

  • 16’ SAVE! - Kepa palms Reus’ free kick wide of the post (CHE 0-0 DOR)

Chelsea FC 2 - 0 BV Borussia 09 Dortmund

Chelsea defeat Borussia Dortmund 2-1 on aggregate to reach Champions League quarter-finals

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Chelsea defeat Borussia Dortmund 2-1 on aggregate to reach Champions League quarter-finals

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This is a fantastic result for Chelsea. There’s a wave of relief echoing around Stamford Bridge as the Blues reach the next round.

Graham Potter needed this win, he’s come under pressure for Chelsea’s poor domestic form but this victory could be the catalyst to spur them onto bigger and better things.

How far can Chelsea go in this competition?

Chelsea defeat Borussia Dortmund 2-1 on aggregate to reach Champions League quarter-finals

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Full-time: Chelsea 2-0 Dortmund (2-1 agg)

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90+8 mins: Chelsea have done it!

A wonderful European night at Stamford Bridge ends in the correct result. The Blues dominated the first hour of this game and earned their rewards - though they got lucky with a retaken penalty.

Still, Chelsea had to overcome a deficit in order to get into the last eight and they did it. This is by far Graham Potter’s best result as Chelsea boss.

His team have back-to-back wins and are into the Champions League quarter-finals!

Chelsea 2-0 Dortmund (2-1 agg)

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90+6 mins: Marco Reus goes down in the Chelsea box as a shot is deflected out for a corner. The cross is headed out to Emre Can who knocks the ball over to Reyna on the right.

His chip back into the box drops to Wolf but Kepa gets behind the defender’s side footed shot.

The six minutes are up so we’re now into added time of stoppage time.

Chelsea 2-0 Dortmund (2-1 agg)

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90+3 mins: Wolf and Chilwell get into a bit of a barney and Chilwell is booked from running the ball away and delaying a restart. This will be a massive win for Graham Potter if Chelsea can get over the line.

There’s three or so minutes to go.

Chelsea 2-0 Dortmund (2-1 agg)

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90 mins: There’s six minutes of stoppage time to play. The announcement is met with groans from the Chelsea supporters.

Chelsea 2-0 Dortmund (2-1 agg)

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88 mins: A long cross from Sule comes into the box and flies over the head of Reece James. Reyna keeps it play just before the ball crosses the byline then flicks a cross of his own into the middle which is nodded away by James.

There are a lot of nervous looking faces in the crowd now. Chelsea are hanging on to this lead.

Chelsea 2-0 Dortmund (2-1 agg)

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85 mins: Reyna is fouled by Gallagher after giving the ball away to the Blues. Instead of a Chelsea counter-attack, Dortmund win a free kick in a dangerous area.

Guerreiro once again lifts the ball into the box but Chelsea boot it away.

Chelsea 2-0 Dortmund (2-1 agg)

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82 mins: There are a couple of substitutions for Chelsea now. Raheem Sterling, who got the ball rolling for Chelsea, is replaced with Christian Pulisic as Mateo Kovacic goes off for Ruben Loftus-Cheek.

There’ll be a bunch of stoppage time added on at the end of the 90 so there’s still around 10 minutes or so of this match to play.

Chelsea 2-0 Dortmund (2-1 agg)

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79 mins: That’s a waste. Borussia Dortmund win a free kick just outside the Chelsea penalty area. It’s a similar position to the one in which Marco Reus troubled Kepa Arrizabalaga in the first half.

This time Raphael Guerreiro flicks the ball into the danger zone but the Blues clear their lines without too much trouble.

Chelsea 2-0 Dortmund (2-1 agg)

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76 mins: Disallowed goal! Mateo Kovacic brings the ball through midfield and threads a forward pass into the path of Raheem Sterling.

Sterling makes his run in behind, takes the ball into the penalty area and squares it to Conor Gallagher who walks it into the net.

Then the offside flag goes up and the replays show that Sterling was offside by a toe.

Chelsea 2-0 Dortmund (2-1 agg)

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73 mins: The Dortmund fans are making a lot of noise in their section of the stands, urging their players on. Chelsea have been disciplined in defence.

They win a couple of consecutive corners but neither set piece troubles the Dortmund goalkeeper.

Chelsea 2-0 Dortmund (2-1 agg)

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70 mins: Lovely from Chelsea! They’re forced to defend deep but Marc Cucurella wins the ball inside his own box and sends the Blues forward on the break.

Sterling, Havertz and James bomb up the pitch before Conor Gallagher is slipped into the box and wins the home side a corner.

Chelsea 2-0 Dortmund (2-1 agg)

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67 mins: Graham Potter is looking for more control in midfield as he looks to close out this game for Chelsea. Conor Gallagher comes on to replace Joao Felix.

Dortmund have also made a change with teenager Jamie Bynoe-Gittens replacing Salih Ozcan.

Chelsea 2-0 Dortmund (2-1 agg)

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64 mins: Dortmund have lost seven of their last eight knockout games in the Champions League and three of their last four ties versus English clubs.

That’s a good sign for Chelsea. Bellingham sends the ball out to Wolf on the right wing and he slips it up to Reyna. Reyna takes the ball up alongside the box before cutting it back to Wolf who shoots and forces a sharp stop out of Arrizabalaga.

Chelsea 2-0 Dortmund (2-1 agg)

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61 mins: What Chelsea don’t want to do is settle for this lead and give Dortmund too much time on the ball. Emre Can bends a shot from range towards goal but Kepa Arrizabalaga has it covered.

The visitors have been dictating play since the penalty went in.

Chelsea 2-0 Dortmund (2-1 agg)

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58 mins: Giovanni Reyna takes a shot from just outside the penalty area but Ben Chilwell gets in front of the effort and heads it clear.

Chelsea 2-0 Dortmund (2-1 agg)

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55 mins: Can Dortmund respond? So far it’s been Chelsea dictating play and creating chances, they’ve scored two of them but the visitors now have to get at least one back.

GOAL! Chelsea 2-0 Dortmund (2-1 agg) - Havertz, 53'⚽️

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53 mins: It’s the same technique. The goalkeeper dives the same way but the result is different. Havertz slots this attempt into the bottom corner.

Chelsea double their lead in the game and go in front in the tie!

Chelsea 1-0 Dortmund (1-1 agg)

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51 mins: Drama! VAR tells the referee that someone encroached in the box before the ball was kicked. Kai Havertz will have another go to score from the spot.

Chelsea 1-0 Dortmund (1-1 agg)

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50 mins: MISSED! Kai Havertz takes a stutter in his run up and waits for the goalkeeper to move. Alexander Meyer leaps the wrong way but Havertz hooks his shot into the post!

Penalty to Chelsea!

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Chelsea 1-0 Dortmund (1-1 agg)

48 mins: It is a penalty! The referee overturns his own decision and Chelsea have the chance to take the lead. The Borussia Dortmund players flock around the referee but he sends them all away.

Kai Havertz has the ball in hand. He’ll be taking the spot kick.

Chelsea 1-0 Dortmund (1-1 agg)

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48 mins: Oh hello. Ben Chilwell is played down the left wing and looks to cross the ball and strikes Marius Wolf on his left wrist inside the box.

Chelsea are convinced they should have a penalty but the referee waves play on. VAR has a look and have sent the referee over to the pitchside monitor.

The Blues could have a penalty here.

Second half: Chelsea 1-0 Dortmund (1-1 agg)

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Chelsea get the ball rolling for the second half. Either one of these teams could get through this tie but who will it be? No further changes from the managers at half-time.

HT Chelsea 1-0 Dortmund (1-1 agg)

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Chelsea dominated the first half. 11 chances created with three on target compared to just two chances for Dortmund. As it stands the Blues will force extra-time but another goal will send them through.

HT Chelsea 1-0 Dortmund (1-1 agg)

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At 25 years 255 days old, Chelsea’s starting XI to face Dortmund tonight is their second youngest in a Uefa Champions League knockout game, after their round of 16 match (2nd leg) vs Bayern Munich in 2019-20 (25y 236d).

HT Chelsea 1-0 Dortmund (1-1 agg)

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Raheem Sterling edges Chelsea in front. Can the Blues score again to get into the quarter-finals?


Half-time: Chelsea 1-0 Dortmund (1-1 agg)

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45+3 mins: Chelsea head into the half-time break with a slender lead in the game at Stamford Bridge and level in the tie. The next goal could be massive and the Blues are full of confidence.

Can they get another oen after the restart? It’s all to play for in the second half.

Chelsea 1-0 Dortmund (1-1 agg)

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45 mins: Three minutes of added time to play at the end of the first half. Dortmund want to get into the break, Chelsea are pushing for a second goal.

GOAL! Chelsea 1-0 Dortmund (1-1 agg) - Sterling, 43’⚽️

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43 mins: Chelsea lead! It’s been coming and that is a massive goal from Graham Potter’s men. Ben Chilwell gets forward down the left wing and receives the ball after making an overlapping run.

He pulls it back into the penalty area and finds Raheem Sterling. Sterling misses the ball on his first attempt to shoot but recovers to roll it onto his right foot and power a second shot past Alexander Meyer.

Chelsea 0-0 Dortmund (0-1 agg)

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43 mins: Chance! Chelsea win the ball in midfield and send it up to Havertz. He squares a pass into the left side of the box where Ben Chilwell runs onto a first time shot and punts the effort high and wide.

It’s poor from Chilwell who will be annoyed that he just snatched at the ball.

Chelsea 0-0 Dortmund (0-1 agg)

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41 mins: Close! Kalidou Koulibaly is bewildered. He come forward to meet a corner ball and makes a run into the six yard box. He attempts a volley as the ball drops but it hits his heel and bounces backwards.

That was a certain goal if he caught it correctly.

Chelsea 0-0 Dortmund (0-1 agg)

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38 mins: Disallowed goal! Raheem Sterling makes a run in behind and brings down a long ball. Sterling carries the it into the penalty area and smokes one at the target.

Alexander Meyer makes the save but the ball comes out to Kai Havertz who smashes it into the back of the net off the underside of the post.

The offside flag then goes up as Sterling drifted off in the build-up.

Chelsea 0-0 Dortmund (0-1 agg)

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34 mins: Raheem Sterling makes a good run down the left wing and wins a throw after taking on Emre Can. Chelsea look to work the ball across to the other side of the pitch but they’re forced backwards.

A threaded pass comes up to Havertz who flicks the ball onto Joao Felix. He shoots on the turn and wins a corner.

Chelsea 0-0 Dortmund (0-1 agg)

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31 mins: Both teams have had decent chances to take the lead now. Chelsea have come closest with Kai Havertz mere inches away from opening the scoring.

There were awestruck faces from the Blues after his strike didn’t go in. They couldn’t believe it.

Chelsea 0-0 Dortmund (0-1 agg)

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28 mins: Off the post! How has that not gone in?

Reece James bombs forward down the right wing and swings a cross into the Dortmund box. The initial pass gets hooked out as far as Kai Havertz who shoots first time.

He drills a left-footed shot into the deck and strikes the inside of the near post. The ball bounces off the upright but flies across the face of goal and doesn’t cross the line!

Chelsea 0-0 Dortmund (0-1 agg)

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25 mins: Emre Can has been one of Dortmund’s key players in this match so far. He collides with Kai Havertz and lands awkwardly on his right shoulder.

The Germans have already been forced to sub off Julian Brandt, losing Can would be a big miss.

Chelsea 0-0 Dortmund (0-1 agg)

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22 mins: There’s more of an urgency to press from Chelsea after that save from Kepa. Dortmund are moving the ball quite fluidly around the back but Chelsea want the make the game physical in the middle of the pitch.

Koulibaly wins a free kick after a tussle with Marco Reus.

Chelsea 0-0 Dortmund (0-1 agg)

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19 mins: That save from Kepa Arrizabalaga could prove to be a crucial one. If Dortmund get in front then things will get quite tricky for Chelsea.

Chelsea 0-0 Dortmund (0-1 agg)

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16 mins: SAVE! Borussia Dortmund win a free kick about 25 yards out from goal on the inside left side of the pitch. Marco Reus stands over the set piece and smokes a fine effort towards the near post.

Kepa Arrizabalaga spies the ball early, shuffles to his right then leaps full stretch and palms the ball wide of the goal! Brilliant save from the Chelsea goalkeeper.

Chelsea 0-0 Dortmund (0-1 agg)

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12 mins: Dortmund have weathered the early excitement from Chelsea and now seem content to keep hold of the ball. Chelsea aren’t really pressing preferring instead to keep a tight shape and not allow the German side to get in behind.

It’s been a good period of possession for the visitors which should settle them down.

Chelsea 0-0 Dortmund (0-1 agg)

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9 mins: Chance! Raheem Sterling dinks the ball over the top of the Dortmund back line to play Kai Havertz into the box. He carries the ball over to the right and gets a nudge from Emer Can just as he strikes the ball sending his shot over the top of the goal.

Chelsea 0-0 Dortmund (0-1 agg)

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8 mins: Close! Chelsea slip the ball into the left side of the penalty area where Joao Felix flicks it around Niklas Sule. He’s got a tight angle to goal but shoots and forces Alexander Meyer into a sharp save.

He palms the ball out for a corner that gets whipped onto the head of Kalidou Koulibaly but he nods his effort wide of goal.

This has been a good start for Chelsea.

Chelsea 0-0 Dortmund (0-1 agg)

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5 mins: Julian Brandt has gone down off the ball clutching the back of his left leg. He’s helped off the pitch by the Borussia Dortmund medical team and needs to be replaced.

Giovanni Reyna comes on in his place.

Chelsea 0-0 Dortmund (0-1 agg)

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3 mins: The first corner of the game comes to Borussia Dortmund. Julian Brandt whips a decent cross into the box but Kai Havertz is on hand to nod the ball away.

Chelsea boot it up to Raheem Sterling who drives into the box only for the offside flag to get raised.

The Dortmund fans have let off a number of flares which has caused a yellow haze of smoke to settle over the pitch. It all adds to the atmosphere inside Stamford Bridge.

Kick off: Chelsea 0-0 Dortmund (0-1 agg)

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Borussia Dortmund get the ball rolling at Stamford Bridge. The work it over to the right side of the pitch where Marius Wolf attempts to play Emre Can down the line only for Marc Cucurella to get across and clear the danger.

Chelsea vs Dortmund

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Here come the teams.

Chelsea need to overturn their one-goal deficit if they hope to reach the last eight. Graham Potter’s men won at the weekend and can make in consecutive victories for the first time since October.

Can they defeat their German opponents tonight?

Chelsea vs Dortmund

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Chelsea won six of their first seven Champions League home games against German sides but are winless in their past two such fixtures.

Can they defeat Dortmund tonight and advance to the next round?

‘It’s a good challenge for us’ says Potter

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“It is a fantastic opportunity for us and a great game to be involved in. It’s half-time, we’re 1-0 down, so we need to respond and I think these players can do that,” he said.

“In terms of what we learned from the previous game, we’re meeting a top opponent.

“You can see their results in the Bundesliga. They’re in a fantastic vein of form. Winning games constantly, 10 in a row. It’s a good challenge for us, but we’re excited for it and we’re looking forward to it.

“The position we’re in, we should always welcome the pressure. Because it means you’re in a fantastic situation, which is to compete for the last eight of the Champions League.

“It’ll be a special night. It was a special occasion in Dortmund and I’m sure it will be the same at Stamford Bridge.”

Chelsea vs Dortmund

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Borussia Dortmund have progressed from five of their six previous Champions League knockout stage ties when winning the first leg, with the exception being against Paris Saint-Germain in the round of 16 three years ago.

This is the eighth time Chelsea enter a second leg of a Champions League knockout stage tie having lost the first leg.

Of those previous seven instances, the club have advanced four times, more often than the three times they have been eliminated.

Chelsea trail 1-0 on aggregate

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Although not involved tonight, Karim Adeyemi is the reason why Chelsea trail Borussia Dortmund 1-0. Here’s a look at his goal from the first leg:

Jude Bellingham relishing Champions League return leg with Chelsea

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England midfielder Jude Bellingham is certain his Borussia Dortmund side will not be intimidated by the challenge of trying to knock 2021 champions Chelsea FC out of the Champions League in three weeks’ time.

Dortmund beat the Blues 1-0 in front of 81,365 at a sold-out Signal Iduna Park thanks to a sublime solo effort from Karim Adeyemi in the second half, the first time since 2016 Dortmund had beaten Premier League opposition in Europe.

A second-leg victory at Stamford Bridge on March 7 would book Bellingham’s side their fifth trip to the quarter-finals since the round of 16 was introduced, a prospect the 19-year-old is already relishing.

“It’ll be a brilliant experience for us,” he told CBS Sports Golazo.

Jude Bellingham relishing Champions League return leg with Chelsea

Pre-match thoughts from Graham Potter

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Here’s Chelsea boss, Graham Potter, speaking to BT Sport about tonight’s game before kick off.

Chelsea vs Dortmund

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The delay to kick off is due to the fact that Borussia Dortmund arrived late to the ground and they have been given more time to warm-up and prepare for kick off.

Chelsea vs Dortmund

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The warm-ups are well underway at Stamford Bridge. There has also been an announcement that kick off will be delayed by 10 minutes.

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James starts for Chelsea

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Reece James is ready to go for Chelsea. The Blues tend to play their best football when he and Ben Chilwell perform well as the wingbacks.

Both are included in the starting XI so can Graham Potter’s men get themselves through to the last eight?

Graham Potter’s future on the line as Chelsea face season-defining clash

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As Todd Boehly walked through Stamford Bridge in Chelsea-emblazoned gear, this ownership still insistent on the grand plan that there are so many inefficiencies in football to be exploited, he also found that one of the game’s truths is immutable. Nothing solves problems like a single win.

That was very much the feel around the club as Graham Potter gathered the squad for the crucial Champions League return against Borussia Dortmund. There was a lift, and an extra lightness, after Saturday’s 1-0 win against Leeds. Training has been that bit easier. The timing may even be all the better.

As bad as this season has been for Chelsea, and as hapless as they have appeared in even the last few weeks, the Champions League represents opportunity. It’s still there to be gone for. And while it may seem a leap to go from discussion of one of the club’s worst recent managers to being the champions of Europe, both are naturally overplayed.

Graham Potter’s future on the line as Chelsea face season-defining clash

Potter on Sterling

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Raheem Sterling is Chelsea’s leading goalscorer this season with six which goes to show just how difficult they have found it to get the ball in the back of the net.

Although Sterling is yet to reach the same levels he showed at Manchester City, manager Graham Potter is confident that he can be the difference between progressing to the quarter-finals or getting knocked out of the Champions League.

"His goalscoring record in the Champions League speaks for itself," said Potter.

"He’s a proven campaigner in that competition. We’re delighted with that, we’re looking forward to having him on the pitch on Tuesday, hopefully enjoying his football."

‘We want to make it tough’ says Potter

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"We want to make sure it’s tough for Dortmund away from home in the Champions League - and we need our supporters for that," Chelsea boss Graham Potter said.

"It’s a big game, an exciting game to go to the last eight - it will be a special night at Stamford Bridge.

"We’ve had some games where we could have scored more than one and we need that performance tomorrow night. We’re playing against a top team, a team that is in a good place with the wins they’ve had."

What do Chelsea need to do to advance?

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To advance into the Champions League quarter-finals Graham Potter’s side will have to score two goals in 90 minutes to overcom the first leg deficit. It would be the first time they’ve netted multiple times in a match since 27th December.

The Blues could also get through if they keep a cleansheet and score once but his route means taking the tie to extra-time and winning a penalty shootout.

Should Dortmund score at any point Chelsea would need to match them +1 or else they are out of the competition.

Raheem Sterling can inspire Champions League comeback, says Graham Potter

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Raheem Sterling’s Champions League experience can be the difference for Chelsea when they face Borussia Dortmund in the second leg of their last-16 tie on Tuesday, according to Graham Potter.

The Bundesliga side lead 1-0 from the first leg in Germany, a match in which Potter’s side dominated but failed to make the most of a host of chances.

The England midfielder missed the game at Signal Iduna Park but has made a noticeable difference to Chelsea’s attack since returning from knee and hamstring injuries that forced him to miss most of January and February.

The Blues beat Leeds 1-0 at Stamford Bridge on Saturday, their first victory since January 15, with Sterling’s direct running and deliveries from the left wing a key factor in transforming their forward play following defeats to Tottenham and Southampton.

Raheem Sterling can inspire Champions League comeback, says Graham Potter

Who’s in better form?

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Borussia Dortmund.

They are second on goal difference behind Bayern Munich in the Bundesliga and travel to London looking to record their 12th consecutive victory in all competitions.

In comparision Chelsea are hoping to secure back-to-back wins for the first time since October.

Loftus-Cheek on building momentum

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Ruben Loftus-Cheek says that Chelsea have the ability and the skills to go on a winning run.

“We got the win against Leeds, we could win against Dortmund and then just keep winning.” he said, “We have the quality of players and the manager to do that.

“We understand we’ve been mediocre, and we’re not just accepting it. We’re hurting from the losses and the draws, because it’s not in us as Chelsea players, so we’re fighting our hardest to turn it around.

“Of course you’re going to get criticism, especially at Chelsea, but we don’t expect to stay in that poor run of form. We expect as players to stick together and come through it.”

Chelsea vs Borussia Dortmund team changes

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Graham Potter makes just two changes to the Chelsea team that defeated Leeds at the weekend. Benoit Badiashile has not been included in the Champions League squad so Marc Cucurella replaces him in the back line.

Reece James has also proved his fitness so comes in as the right wing-back to replace Ruben Loftus-Cheek.

There are also a couple of changes to the Dortmund team that defeated Chelsea in the first leg. Alexander Meyer takes the place of injured goalkeeper Gregor Kobel whilst Marco Reus returns ahead of previous matchwinner Karim Adeyemi who is also injured.

Graham Potter offers update on N’Golo Kante’s return to Chelsea

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Graham Potter will not hurry N’Golo Kante back into action at Chelsea as he continues his recovery from the hamstring injury that has kept him out since August.

The midfielder is not in contention to be involved when the Blues face Borussia Dortmund in their Champions League last-16 second leg on Tuesday, though the manager confirmed he has taken part in two full training sessions with the first team.

Kante has been unavailable to Potter since his appointment in September, and had surgery in October on the injury he sustained during Chelsea’s 2-2 draw with Tottenham seven months ago.

The team’s form has suffered badly in the absence of their most influential midfielder, with Saturday’s 1-0 win against Leeds only the third they have recorded in their last 15.

Graham Potter offers update on N’Golo Kante’s return to Chelsea

Chelsea vs Borussia Dortmund line-ups

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Chelsea XI: Arrizabalaga, Fofana, Koulibaly, Cucurella, James, Kovacic, Fernandez, Chilwell, Sterling, Havertz, Felix

Borussia Dortmund XI: Meyer, Wolf, Sule, Schlotterbeck, Guerreiro, Can, Brandt, Bellingham, Ozcan, Reus, Haller

What happened in the first leg?

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The first leg was an open affair between the teams at Signal Iduna Park. Copius chances were created and there was a great back and forth to the tempo of the match.

Chelsea dominated possession and had the better chances but Borussia Dortmund earned the win thanks to a fantastic breakaway goal from Karim Adeyemi just after the hour mark.

The German side now lead 1-0 on aggregate leaving Chelsea with work to do to get back in this tie.

Loftus-Cheek says Chelsea ready ‘to rise to the challenge’ against Dortmund

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Ruben Loftus-Cheek has been speaking ahead of Chelsea’s crucial Champions League tie this evening and says that the team will leave their indifferent league form behind and rise to the challenge.

“You change from the Premier League to the Champions League and it’s a complete shift in your mind,” he said.

“It might be a mental thing. Sometimes us players playing for Chelsea, when the pressure’s on in these big, big games in the Champions League, we always seem to rise to it.

“Anything can happen in the Champions League. We definitely think we can win on Tuesday. We have a big game coming up and we expect from ourselves to rise to that.”

Chelsea vs Borussia Dortmund

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The stage is set for another European night at Stamford Bridge. Can Chelsea overcome their one goal deficit and progress to the Champions League quarter-finals?

Nearly 20,000 Liverpool fans to receive Uefa refund after Champions League final chaos

18:20 , Michael Jones

Uefa has announced that it will refund Liverpool supporters impacted by the chaos at last season’s Champions League final in Paris.

The encounter between the Merseyside club and Real Madrid at the Stade de France was marred by significant trouble outside the ground, with kick off delayed by more than half-an-hour.

A report comissioned by Uefa found that the governing body bore “primary responsibility” for organisational and safety failings at the final.

The organisation has now confirmed that all 19,618 Liverpool fans who bought tickets from the club’s allocation are eligible for a refund.

20,000 Liverpool fans to receive Uefa refund after Paris final chaos

Chelsea vs Borussia Dortmund prediction

18:15 , Michael Jones

Chelsea will be confident after their victory over Leeds at the weekend and will have the backing of the home crowd at Stamford Bridge but their lack of goals remains a big problem.

Borussia Dortmund will not make things easy. The German side have not lost in 11 games, have an eye for goal, and know how to grind out results which will frustrate the Blues.

Chelsea 1-1 Borussia Dortmund - Dortmund to progress 2-1 on aggregate.

Chelsea vs Borussia Dortmund predicted line-ups

18:10 , Michael Jones

Chelsea: Arrizabalaga, Fofana, Koulibaly, Cucurella, James, Fernandez, Kovacic, Chilwell, Sterling, Havertz, Felix

Borussia Dortmund: Kobel, Wolf, Sule, Schlotterbeck, Guerreiro, Can, Brandt, Bellingham, Ozcan, Adeyemi, Haller

What is the early team news?

18:05 , Michael Jones

Reece James will be assessed before the game to see if he is fit to play and Christian Pulisic could return having been out since January with a knee problem.

N’Golo Kante and Armando Broja remains unavailable to Graham Potter and Thiago Silva is now another longer-term absentee. Mason Mount missed the victory over Leeds through injury and is also suspended.

Borussia Dortmund will be missing Youssoufa Moukoko, while first-leg goalscorer Karim Adeyemi and goalkeeper Gregor Kobel are both doubts.

How to watch Chelsea vs Borussia Dortmund

18:00 , Michael Jones

This Champions League last-16 second leg match will kick off at 8pm on Tuesday 7 March at Stamford Bridge.

The match will be available for fans to watch on BT Sport 1 and BT Sport Ultimate. Coverage starts on both at 7pm.

Chelsea vs Borussia Dortmund

16:11 , Michael Jones

Hello and welcome to The Independent’s coverage of tonight’s Champions League action as Chelsea take on Borussia Dortmund in the round of 16 second leg. Kick off for this one is at 8pm in what could be a defining match for Chelsea’s season at Stamford Bridge.

Since replacing Thomas Tuchel with Graham Potter after taking over the club, owner Todd Boehly has seen his team drop well off the pace in the Premier League and will be considering the possibility that the Blues won’t be playing in Europe next season.

However, Chelsea could yet pull off a spectacular run in the Champions League. They need to start with a victory against Borussia Dortmund tonight and currently trail 1-0 on aggregate after the first leg.

This is really the only match on consequence Potter’s side have left in the season. If they lose then the Blues will just be trying to finish as high as possible in the Premier League. If they win, the dream of lifting the top trophy in Europe becomes another step closer and there is still something to fight for this year.

The first leg between these sides was an open affair with chances galore. Dortmund will likely be more reserved this evening but if Chelsea can score then the match becomes anyone’s game.

The pressure has been mounting on manager Graham Potter but if he can back up a victory against Leeds with one against Borussia Dortmund then he’ll be answering his critics.

Can Chelsea pull off a remarkable win over their German opponents and reach the last eight? Let’s find out.