Chelsea striker Fernando Torres has said this afternoon that his Chelsea side have what it takes to beat Barcelona at the Nou Camp tonight…
With the Catalan side losing to Real Madrid over the weekend, and with it their hopes of another La Liga title, Chelsea will know that tonight’s game could hardly have come at a better time.
The Spain international admitted his admiration for Barca’s style of play, but insists his Chelsea side have what it takes to put shock-waves through the Catalan city following tonight’s encounter.
“It is clear that Barcelona are a step ahead of all other clubs,” said Torres.
“They have reached the last five semi-finals. But this is football: the best team doesn’t always win.”
The striker has highlighted the likes of Spain team-mates Andres Iniesta and Xavi as Barcelona’s danger men, and insists that Chelsea can’t allow themselves to sit deep and chase the ball against a side renowned for their passing ability.
“Xavi and Iniesta are players who dictate the rhythm of the game,” added Torres. “When you play against them, you need to know that they are guiding the game.
“Many teams who play Barcelona think that you have to steal the ball from them, but I don’t think that’s possible.
“You have to use different weapons against them. If you want to steal the ball, you won’t manage it and you’ll get tired, and then create more space for your opponent.”
Torres is likely to start on the bench tonight, with di Matteo set to name the same side that beat Barcelona at Stamford Bridge last week.
In other news, Chelsea goalkeeper Petr Cech hopes Turkish referee Cuneyt Cakir doesn’t add to the long list of controversial referees who have, in the past, spoiled this exhilarating fixture.
“The referee can be a big part of the game. You could see that in the past,” said Cech. “There were great games between us and Barcelona but there was controversy, which was a shame, overshadowing the great games on the pitch.
“We have an experienced Turkish referee [for the game]. If you have an experience of refereeing Galatasaray and Fenerbahce in the Turkish league, a game between Chelsea and Barcelona should be fine.
“The referee will have the same professional approach as we had in the first game, which was without controversy.”
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