Sevilla manager Julen Lopetegui has said that Chelsea could be one of the favourites to lift the Champions League title this season.
The Blues spent more than £220m on seven major signings this summer, but they have still made a mixed start to the current campaign.
Frank Lampard‘s side have picked up just eight points from their opening five games, but there have been positives with the new players settling in.
Speaking ahead of the midweek Champions League clash, Lopetegui was full of praise for the Blues, whom Sevilla are scheduled to face.
He added that his team have a difficult challenge on their hands against a team, who could go on to win the Champions League.
« 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, » He told.
« 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. »
Their defensive organisation has been a concern despite the summer spending and it remains to be seen whether Lampard can find a quick fix.