Thursday, 19 April 2012

Chelsea 'not afraid' of Barcelona

Chelsea goalkeeper, Petr Cech, says he and his teammates will not be afraid of their opponents ahead of their crucial ChampionsLeague second-leg tie with Barcelona at the Nou Camp.

The Blues beat Pep Guardiola’s men 1-0 at Stamford Bridge, on Wednesday night, thanks to a Didier Drogba strike. They will travel to Catalonia, on Tuesday, looking to defend their slight advantage.

After almost crashing out of the competition in the second round against Napoli, the Blues have miraculously turned their season around following the departure of former boss, Andre Villas-Boas.

Since Roberto di Matteo was appointed to the job, Chelsea have qualified for the FACup final, against Liverpool, and are now just 90 minutes away from making the Champions League showpiece in Munich on 19th May.

The West Londoners have had a number of notable battles with the Blaugrana over the last decade, and the second-leg in the Nou Camp promises to be just as exciting.

Despite their defeat in London, a number of the Barcelona players have told reporters that they are still confident of going through to the final. The Spaniards remain the favourites for the win in the football betting.

However, Cech says he and his teammates are looking forward to the challenge, and will not be scared of their illustrious opponents.

"We have done well in the past there, and we need to reproduce the same kind of performance that we did, and like we have before,” Cech said.

"It will be really important to score an away goal as well, but we seem always to score there and, hopefully, we can replicate that.

"We've had some good results against them in the past and used that experience again,” he added.

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