It’s a match that appears once in a blue (get the pun here Chelsea fans) as two of the best in the world face each other in the knockout stage of the UEFA champions league round of 16. That’s right folks, it’s Chelsea vs Barcelona.
As many of the football fans, and I mean real football fans (not the plastic ones), know and admit that Barcelona is undoubtedly one of the best teams in the world (whether you’re Madrid fan too). But their copiousness of invincibility seems to diminish and belittle infront of the ‘The blues‘ as they just have only 1 one win compares to the 4 loses in 12 games in the Champions league (with 7 draws).
The dribblers and the playmakers of both teams are some of the decorated names in the business (consisting Andres Iniesta and Sergio bousquets in Barcelona compared to Cesc Fabregas and N’golo Kante in Chelsea). However Barcelona beat chelsea straight away In the midfield play as the two players of the Catalans are more essential to the team as former two for the Chelsea
The marksmanship, however, is heavier and better at the side of Chelsea as the number 10 of the blues: Eden Hazard has more dribbles per game (5.96) compared to the ongoing best player in the world for a decade and more: Lionel Messi (5.83). These stats can be ignored while noticing the efficiency of the dribbles as Messi just slips past the defenders with the ball like he never existed while Eden Hazard dribbles side ways and cuts inside like a snake of a player he is. The forms are unlikely to cause any hitch to these two world class players because they’re Killing it on their respective leagues with Messi and Hazard both netting 15+ goals and assisting them
As far as the coaches are concerned Valverde has not been that much of a ‘international khiladi’ like Antonio Conte is. But as they say ‘you play the cards you dealt’ and Valverde got some quality of them. He has some of the very best in the business (Iniesta, Suarez, Coutinho, bousquets and the one and only Lionel Messi) more than Antonio Conte has (Courtois, Fabregas, Kante, Luiz and Hazard)
Prediction: Chelsea 1-1 Barcelona