gazlfcforeverChelsea will play their usual deeper defensive line with a narrower midfield. Ramires will be key with deeper runs to expose the space left by Iniesta, if Adriano doesn't play then I think Puyol will be in the left/central defender role. I think Barca will be too much for Chelsea especially in the central midfield zone with Messi dropping deep and swapping places with Fabregas in a false 9 role.
The forward runs of Fabregas will be dangerous for Chelsea, I expect Torres to play for the threat in behind the defence but he will lack support apart from Ramires. Terry might nick a goal from a corner because of Barca's vulnerability in the air but I can see Barca scoring three with Cahill struggling to cope positionally and in possession against Barca's attackers.
david1993this game should be a good on for the neutrals to watch
bosingwa is a weak link in the defense maybe ivanovic would be more solid
maybe RDM watch barca play levante at the weekend chelsea might approach the game similar to them
with the back 4 sticking and not going forward and keep it as narrow as possible
king1319Ramires would most likeley play on the left to help out with alves
Xavi is doubtful for the game, and Pep like the physicality of Keita in away matches in europe
RDM would be brave to start boswinga, I say he is better than Ivanovic on his day but Ivanonvic has been doing well lately
questionmarks over sturridge, I dont think RDM trusts him but i think he would be ace in that space. Also an energetic Meireles would be good in lamards position, as would a healthy essien, but lampard gets the nod
david1993@king1913. I like your formation the narrow team will help restrict barca wiked.bit. Does frank manutd have the legs to keep up with Barcelona? Its questionable
Sturridge can either help or damage chelsea chances
king1319I think fat frank does'nt have the legs to compete with them, he would only be useful when he getsa sniff at goal with time and space, which is rare vs barca.
Personally i would have him on the bench till essien/ eireles is tired.
Speaking of legs, I wonder how a young energetic chelsea team would go
david1993I agree lampard dont have leggs but I would go with essien cause he better defending
Im not a fan of mikel
Oriol romeu hasnt featured at all lately and he is a good player he could of been a contender to play if he had more games
ZolaThe optimist in me tells me we can win this one. We have to be at the top of our game, run our socks of and never let our guard down. We should be as defensive as possible and let Drog stir up trouble with long balls. As long as we don't concede we have a chance.
david1993their always a chance Chelsea can win. barcalona have not been at their best.
real madrid had a poor game last night maybe their heads were focused on the barca match at the weekend
so maybe barcalona will be same and might not perform to their best