Barcelona who? Villas-Boas says our Blue army has no fear of playing Barcelona in one of the knockout rounds of the Champions League.
He believes our Blue army, has what it takes to conquer Barcelona. Currently our record in the Champions league against Barcelona is three wins, four draws and three losses. On paper, we have strong chance of beating Barcelona, but unfortunately football is not played on paper. Barcelona is not the same team that broke our hearts in the 2008/2009 Champions league semi-final. With TSO in Spain challenging them, Barcelona has taken their game to the next level. I don’t believe it is impossible to beat them, but it will be a tough ask given that our Blues have struggled against the likes of Stoke City and West Brom.
Villas-Boas said: “Games can be very unpredictable.”
“I think the [credentials] of Barca is there for everybody to see. Apart from the year when they missed out on the final against Inter Milan, at the moment they are the reference for everybody in terms of quality, in terms of titles. But in two legs, anything can happen.
“You have to believe in what you do and believe in the players that you have. We have top players, so it doesn’t mean that it cannot happen for us as well. You can’t measure how far ahead they are, but in any single game, anything can happen.
“We have been present in the Champions League throughout – in semi-finals and a final in past years, but we want to have that breakthrough hopefully this year or in the future.
“Chelsea can beat any team in the world. If I don’t believe this, I have to quit the game.”
I love our manager’s confidence and I hope our Blue army share his confidence and vision.