Tuesday, April 28, 2009

Blue Camp

BARCELONA, SPAIN - APRIL 28:  Lionel Messi of ...Image by Getty Images via Daylife

Chelsea's Champions League clashes with Barcelona are always an exciting fixture on the football calendar. Barcelona are the best team in the world right now, playing the best attacking football with Lionel Messi the best footballer, Samuel Eto’o the most dangerous striker, Andres Iniesta the best creative midfielder and Pep Guardiola the most talked about coach.

I have fond memories of the Stamford Bridge clash back in 2005 when John Terry's header sent us into the last eight after an epic clash. The atmosphere that night was electrifying and like nothing I had ever experienced before, watching from the Matthew Harding stand I must have felt every match incident.

Back then Jose Mourinho was the architect, there have been many changes at the Bridge since then, and now Chelsea's interim manager Guus Hiddink has the task of trying to complete the vision of the Roman Empire. After reaching five out of six semi-finals and Manchester United defeating the Blues in the Champions League final last season, will this be the year that Roman Abramovich's investment finally achieves European glory?

The match this evening consisted of attacking flair against defensive determination, both teams playing to their strengths with Barcelona controlling the action but Chelsea were well organised. We were fortunate not to concede as Barcelona have scored in every home fixture this season, they came very close but Cech was at his best and prevented them taking an advantage into the second leg. A rare chance for Chelsea fell to Drogba in the first half but he didn't capitalize. Chelsea need to be a lot more competitive if they want to reach the final for the second year straight. I feel it will be difficult at home as if Barcelona score we will need to score twice, are we capable? I would take another late goal from the captain!

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