Chelsea can beat Barcelona, claims Roberto di Matteo
Chelsea looked like bombing out of the Champions League at the last sixteen stage after a first leg defeat at the hands of Napoli, although the Blues bounced back at Stamford Bridge and now find themselves with a sniff of reaching the final.
April 23rd, 2012
Roberto di Matteo’s side claimed a 1-0 first leg win over Barcelona last week and must now get a draw or better in the Nou Camp to go through to a final against Real Madrid or Bayern Munich, with the Italian feeling confident that his team can do it.
Di Matteo said: “We do have the qualities within this team. Away from home, as we’ve seen in the past, you need a bit of luck to be able to do well in a competition like this. But, certainly, we have the quality and the squad at Chelsea.
“I do think we’ll have to try and score a goal. That would give us a greater chance. It’ll be difficult just playing for a goalless draw because, ultimately, Barcelona would create chances against every team they play. So we’ll try and limit the chances they can create against us.”
Even so, a goalless draw would be enough to qualify and Chelsea have the blueprint to achieve this after successfully shutting out Barca last week before claiming a 0-0 at the Emirates Stadium on Saturday.
“They’re strong and have the weapons to hurt us, so this is a big challenge,” Pep Guardiola said. “But I have no doubts that we’ll get to Munich. I can either sit here and be depressed about the result of the first match or I can be optimistic. And I have faith.”