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FC Barcelona vs Chelsea: Comeback required for Munich

Barça host Chelsea in the Champions League semi final second leg as they seek to make amends for 1-0 defeat in London and qualify for the grand final (20h45 CET).


24 April 2012 05:11 PM


Jordi Clos

Barcelona (FCB).- Barça are looking to make history this Tuesday against Chelsea. After losing 1-0 at Stamford Bridge last week, FC Barcelona need to win to make it into their eighth European final, and even so that might not be enough if Chelsea get any all-important away goals. Just one goal for the Premiership outfit, and the defending champions will need to get three. And to stop the Catalans from doing that, the Londoners are likely to pack their defence as tightly as they did to such devastating effect in the first leg.

Night of hope

However the Camp Nou is used to big European nights liked this. Barça fans will be eager to see their heroes shine again after the painful defeat at home to Real Madrid on Saturday, a defeat that as good as ended their hopes of retaining the Spanish League title. So now, all their dreams are focused instead on the fifth European crown in a season that has already seen them lift the Clubs World Cup and Spanish and European Supercup trophies \u2013 with the final of the Copa del Rey against Athletic Bilbao also to come next month.

All eyes on Europe

FC Barcelona Manager, Pep Guardiola, as always for Champions League fixtures, has gathered his players in a hotel on the eve of the game. He has his full squad available apart from the long-term absentees Villa, Fontàs and Abidal. Barça B\u2019s Tello, Bartra and Montoya also joined Monday\u2019s training session at the Camp Nou. Both Mascherano and Puyol are one yellow card short of a suspension, which would mean them missing out on a hypothetical final appearance in Munich.

Drogba the main man

Chelsea\u2019s biggest worry is the man who scored the only goal in the first leg, Didier Drogba. The Ivorian striker was missing from last weekend\u2019s clash with Arsenal, although it looks like he will be available on Tuesday night, and all that really stands between him and a place in the team is the opinion of manager Roberto Di Matteo. The Italian has no fewer than four players that are one booking away from a suspension: Ivanovic, Cole, Ramires and Meireles.

The London based outfit have been having a seriously below par season in the Premiership, and practically their only hope of appearing in the Champions League next season is to qualify by virtue of winning this year\u2019s edition.


  • Cesc Fàbregas and Thiago celebrate a goal against Villareal (by FC Barcelona)

  • Cesc Fàbregas and Thiago celebrate a goal against Villareal (by FC Barcelona)