Chelsea v Barcelona Drawn Together In Champions League

Marie Harrington
December 12, 2017

Real Madrid have won the Champions League in each of the last two seasons, but will take on a PSG side who are being tipped by many to lift the European Cup this term.

Barcelona coach Ernesto Valverde concedes getting Chelsea is a "hard draw" in the Champions League.

"When you are in this stage you must be ready to face every team".

"With Neymar and Mbappe they have improved a lot up front, they are a very unsafe team who will demand the best of us".

Former PSG defender Maxwell, now an ambassador for the Ligue 1 club, said on UEFA's website: "It's a good draw, with two good games to play".

However, Chelsea fans were quick to bite back at the Catalans and reminded Barcelona that they've had their own success in Spain. It is a lovely challenge for the club.

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Antonio Conte's position at Chelsea is beginning to come under scrutiny once again from the club's top figures behind the scenes, with the Blues already well out of the Premier League title race. I like to win and when we lose, I'm not happy.

"It is a good tie, the factor of playing the first leg away can always help you a little", said Barca director Guillermo Amor. "We have to go game by game".

Wide cracks in the relationship between manager and board had begun to show around the end of the transfer window, with the Italian frustrated with the club's inability to bring in his top targets while their Premier League rivals struggled with no such issues.

"We know how strong they are after we followed their games against Leipzig".

Manchester United and Chelsea failed to qualify for last season's Champions League and Arsenal now are in the Europa League after a fifth-placed league finish.

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