Former Chelsea defender, Micheal Duberry believes that the Blues can stop Lionel Messi and progress into the next round of the Champions League in the process.
Chelsea is drawn against the unbeaten La Liga giants for the round of 16 fixture and will face them over two legs in February next year.
Chelsea has shown in the past that they are capable of handling the Spanish side. The Blues defeated Barcelona in the semi-finals en route to their historic Champions League title victory in 2012.
Micheal Duberry’s thoughts on the game:
Leo Messi vs Chelsea: Games: 8. Shots: 29. Goals: ZERO. pic.twitter.com/SLh5tC5PDm
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Duberry believes that Barcelona has cemented themselves as European giants and also highlighted Lionel Messi’s track record against the Blues. Chelsea is the one club that Lionel Messi has failed to score against, Messi has not found the goal in eight fixtures against the West London side. Duberry said:
“It’s in their DNA how they play and in their DNA of being a big European force. It will be a tough tie, but I still think Chelsea have a great chance. Messi’s record against English clubs and Chelsea isn’t like ‘Oh my God’.
“They are the one team that can quieten him. You hope that continues and he doesn’t score.”
Chelsea’s season so far has been topsy-turvy so far with the side being highly inconsistent, something which was not present during their historic campaign last season.
The Blues got closer to the second spot after a 2-0 victory over Brighton and Hove Albion and took advantage of Manchester United’s draw with Burnley.
Conte’s job is on the line as it is speculated that he might get sacked if the Blues fail to make progress in Europe’s top competition.
Conte’s men have an uphill task ahead of them as Barcelona have been in top form this season. Messi’s track record against the Blues might provide some confidence or add unnecessary pressure. Barcelona will look to make progress in this year’s edition after getting knocked out in the quarterfinals for the past two years.