Danny Mills has backed Chelsea to have a good shot of winning the Champions League this season – but only if their key players stay fit.
The Blues sealed their Group E victory in style on Wednesday as Olivier Giroud hit FOUR to down Sevilla in Spain to make it 15 matches unbeaten for Frank Lampard’s men.
Chelsea spent more than £200million on new recruits in the summer but it was the tried and tested Giroud who provided the goods at the Ramon Sanchez-Pizjuan Stadium as he hit a perfect hat-trick and added a penalty to boot in a four-goal display.
And Mills believes Lampard’s side could even win the second Champions League title as long as key players such as Edouard Mendy, Thiago Silva and N’Golo Kante remain injury-free.
“I think they’ve got an outside chance because they’ve got real talent,” Mills told talkSPORT.
“If their players stay fit – Mendy, Thiago Silva, Kante in the midfield.
“The front players are exceptional. They’ve got some incredible attacking talent and they can play in different styles.
“If they can keep Mendy, Silva and Kante fit then I would say they have an outside chance because there’s lots of teams struggling in the Champions League.”
Mills also said that Lampard is proving he is a good man-manager with his handling of Giroud this season.
“It’s not only starting to show that Frank is tactically astute and a good coach, but his man management is very, very good,” he added.
“A lot of people said: ‘Why is Giroud still there? Why isn’t he kicking up a fuss?’ Why’s he not left yet?’
“Managing to keep 20-25 players happy that obviously can’t play week in, week out is difficult.
“He’s got a big decision to make. If you drop somebody who’s scored four goals and then let him out, he’d be scratching his head a little bit.”