4 reasons why Chelsea will beat Barcelona in the Champions League
While the high-profile tie between Real Madrid and Paris Saint-Germain is tipped to steal the headlines, let's not forget that there's another exciting clash waiting to be witnessed in the Champions League. Chelsea and Barcelona will lock horns against each other on Wednesday at the Stamford Bridge.
Talking about the odds, the Catalans are being considered as the outright favourites to qualify for the quarter-finals. That is understandable, considering Chelsea's recent struggles. However, underestimating them isn't a mistake La Blaugrana can afford, considering the history they share with the English club.
Barcelona are unbeaten in the league although their performances haven't been as convincing as in the past. They might have the upper hand over the Londoners in the current scenario, but there are a bunch of points that will help the Blues stay positive over the prospect of beating them.
That being said, let's see four reasons why Antonio Conte's men can pull off an upset in the round of 16.
#4 History is in Chelsea's favour
History never really says goodbye, history says ,'See you later.'
They might be the better side at the moment, but Barca players need to understand the importance of this aforementioned quote by Eduardo Galeano. They will surely be walking down the memory lane of their miserable past in the tie.
In the last five games against Barcelona, Chelsea have won twice and drawn thrice. Barcelona have failed to win against them since March 2006, albeit they did trounce them on aggregate, eventually winning the competition that year. Chelsea's stellar performance against the Spanish giants means they have a psychological edge over Ernesto Valverde's men.
Even in the recent meetings in 2012, the Blues caused an upset with 10 men at the Nou Camp, not to mention a 1-0 shocker in the same edition at home.
They might not be having the best days of their life, but their history against Barca gives Conte's men an undeniable right to stay optimistic prior to the fixture.