The Chelsea vs Barcelona champions’ league dilemma…
Tonight sees the first leg of the champions’ league clash between Barcelona and Chelsea at Stamford Bridge, which will no doubt be full to bursting point with ‘partisan’ blues fans hoping for a miraculous result against the Catalans.
The last time these sides met was when barcelona were under their first year of Pep Guardiola’s management and en route to a historic three cups in one season, the beginning of the Barca team currently being hailed as the greatest of all time.
The Spanish team snuck through that night, with the most dramatic of late goals from Andres Iniesta, leaving horrible cockneys like Ashley Cole and John Terry visibly distraught. One of football’s most dramatic moments in recent years. Even now, seeing the faces of Lampard, Drogba, Ballack and the rest slumped on the turf, as the Catalans formed a mighty mound of celebration on the touchline, brings a big smile to my face!
Few would give the blues much of a chance against the might of Guardiola’s phenomenal team, but from an NUFC perspective, a repeat of that night would be spectacular. An energy sapping 90+ minutes of defensive action undone in the final moments, perhaps with a few key injuries thrown into the mix, would have me cheering!
Despite some of the more regrettable elements of their play, Barca get my backing in 90% of their fixtures and will do so tonight.
On the other hand, a nightmare scenario would see them swamp Chelsea in a landslide victory, leaving the blues with the option of giving up and resting key men for the return trip to the Nou Camp.
The more Chelsea put into these 2 games against Barcelona, surely the better it is for NUFC?