Monday, 11 December 2017

Chelsea vs Barcelona: Charlie Nicholas makes Champions League prediction

That is the verdict of player-turned-pundit Charlie Nicholas.

The Blues realised their worst fears earlier today when they drew Barcelona in the last 16 of the Champions League.

Antonio Conte’s side knew they would face one of Barcelona, PSG or Besiktas.
Lionel Messi

And it is the La Liga giants who stand in the way of Chelsea reaching the quarter finals.

Messi and Luis Suarez will lead the charge for Barcelona, while the Blues will be relying on the likes of Eden Hazard and Alvaro Morata.

But defensively, Conte’s team are normally formidable.

And Nicholas believes Chelsea could edge the tie with Barcelona not what they once were either.

“This is a 50/50 one for me,” Nicholas told Sky Sports.

“This Barcelona side are still nowhere near their best and Ernesto Valverde has not adapted to the Barcelona style.

“Selling Neymar was obviously a blow and Luis Suarez and Lionel Messi have suffered because of that.

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