Rivaldo expects Barcelona to eliminate Chelsea

20 Febrero, 2018, 18:30 | Author: Thomas Hicks
  • Ernesto Valverde has forced one drastic change at Barcelona – and the stats make it glaringly obvious

Chelsea defeated Hull City in the FA Cup at the weekend and next up, the Blues will collide against Barcelona in the Champions League. Chelsea are not in great form but I think they will be good enough to prevent defeat.

"On Tuesday, let's see, I know Coutinho can not play, but we will do something". "On paper you start these two games with one favourite and this is Barcelona, so it was hard to sleep well after the FA Cup tie. (The match on Tuesday night is) a big game, so let's go for it". The Belgium forward has been linked with a move to Barcelona's fierce rivals Real Madrid in recent weeks, but he refused to comment on his future other than to state he is "very happy" at Stamford Bridge.

With that in mind, I expect Chelsea to give it their all but I don't doubt that they'll be nervous, something that won't happen with Barcelona as they come into this fixture in such a strong position - comfortably leading La Liga and already in the Copa del Rey final.

With all that in mind, I am going to suggest that this game ends in a draw.

"It's actually just a positional one - I think right full-back is an area where you can do them". This is a big game and we are Chelsea.

"Chelsea have a unique style of football and know their own game", he said.

Rivaldo expects Barcelona to eliminate Chelsea
Rivaldo expects Barcelona to eliminate Chelsea

And then there's Eden Hazard, who turned 27 last month and has once again been Chelsea's standout player this term. We have to be ready tomorrow to stop him.

Hazard remains positive that Chelsea can finish the season positively under Conte's guidance. "We play in a different league".

Valverde insists his opposite number has proved in several jobs throughout his career, that he is one of the best managers around.

They believe that Morata, who has a good record of scoring goals in the Champions League, will start in attack against the Catalans. His teams are very well-worked tactically, they know what to do in every moment of the game. The LaLiga leaders have changed a lot since - Ernesto Valverde's men are not even the same team they were a season ago.

IVAN RAKITIC SAYS Barcelona star Lionel Messi works at "100 per cent" in training but spends little time in the gym. "You want to do well for your club and that's it". The consensus was Eibar's high-pressing style proved a useful warm-up for what they will face at Stamford Bridge; Valverde said Chelsea pose a different level of problem but their system is not unfamiliar.

"I can tell you that we are very excited to get to the quarter-finals, although it will not be easy", said Azpilicueta.

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