Chelsea vs Barcelona – UEFA Champions League : A match between Chelsea and Barcelona is a sort of Champions’ League classic
These two clubs have already met twice in the semi-finals, once in the quarter-finals, twice in the 8th finals (this will be the third time) and another time on the group stage.
Twelve matches, all on this century, with 4 wins for Chelsea, 3 for Barcelona, and the draw being the most common outcome (5 times).
If on the last time these two teams have met, in 2011/2012,
Chelsea overcame Barcelona on the road to the final of the competition, this year thins seem to point on a completely different direction.
Chelsea comes into this match with their situation in the Premier League far from being defined.
The enormous competitiveness for a place in the top 4 of the Premier League leads to huge pressure and the possibility of one of the strongest 5 clubs (and we are already excluding Arsenal from the list, at the moment) failing to qualify for the Champions League.
We might say, because of that, the main focus of Antonio Conte’s team is on the Premier League.
But that’s how we have seen how much the quality of this side is below the necessary level to match a side like Barcelona.
Chelsea vs Barcelona – Betting Tip and Prediction:
The Catalans are in the lead of La Liga and they have won again, in Eibar, this weekend, in order to shut down all the doubters of the superiority of Ernesto Valverde’s side.
The individual and collective quality of the team grants them solutions for the problems they might face in London even more, against a Chelsea that might not be a team that plays on the expectation exclusively, considering they need to gain some sort of advantage for the visit to Barcelona.
Therefore, the context of this match is very advantageous for the Spanish side: Hoping for the Blues to show some ambition and overcome them, taking advantage of the fragilities that might be exposed due to that ambition.