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Potter sends stern Chelsea warning ahead of last-16 Champions League clash vs in-form Dortmund



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Graham Potter has warned his Chelsea side ahead of their Champions League clash against Borussia Dortmund.

Chelsea travel to Germany to the Signal Iduna Park on Wednesday night for the first leg of their Round of 16 tie.

Dortmund have won their last seven games in a row in all competitions, Edin Terzić’s side are flying, scoring 22 goals during that period and only conceding seven goals.

Meanwhile, Chelsea have not won on the road since the end of October last year when they narrowly beat RB Salzburg in the Champions League group stages.

Potter’s side are currently four games unbeaten after three draws in a row followed their 1-0 win over Crystal Palace last month.

Ahead of the tie, the 47-year-old has been, again, backed by the Chelsea hierarchy despite pressure from fans over recent results, two league wins from 14, not being good enough.

Chelsea have it all to do in Dortmund considering the Bundesliga side’s recent form, something Potter acknowledges, but insists his side will fight to do everything they can to progress into the quarter-finals.

“In a knockout competition anything can happen,” the Blues head coach said, as quoted by Standard Sport.

“That’s the thing. It’s two games. I don’t think it’s valuable for us to look past Dortmund.

“We have the capability to beat Dortmund but they are also a strong side with the capability to get a result as well. We have to understand that, go to Dortmund with humility, with respect, and try to get the result.

“Obviously it’s a tough match against a high-quality opponent. But at the same time, our team has got some good players.”

Potter added: “(This squad) has won the Champions League. They’ve experienced it. They’ll want to fight for the game, that’s for sure, and that’s exciting for us.”