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4 players who could fill in for Andres Iniesta against Chelsea

Akshay Badve
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Chelsea FC v FC Barcelona - UEFA Champions League Round of 16: First Leg
Andres Iniesta and Lionel Messi celebrating

FC Barcelona (Barca), the Spanish giants managed a 1-1 draw against Chelsea FC in the first leg of the UCL Round of 16 at Stamford Bridge. The second leg scheduled for March 15 will be a great treat for football fans.

Unfortunately, Barca has been struck with a major blow as club Captain Andres Iniesta has suffered an injury. Barcelona top the Spanish league with 69 points but Ernesto Valverde may not be happy because just before their clash with Chelsea the man in form, and Spanish legend Andres Iniesta has suffered a hamstring injury.

Barcelona may be eight points clear from Athletico Madrid in La Liga but the UCL is a different ball game entirely. It wont be that easy for Valverde to knock out Conte's blue army. Whom can he rely on to hold the fort in midfield?

Listed below are four alternatives to Iniesta;


#4 Ousmane Dembele

Barcelona v Espanyol - La Liga
Ousmane Dembele (l) and barca teammate Paulinho

The 20 year old Frenchman may not have the experience of Iniesta but he certainly has the talent to play alongside Lionel Messi and Luis Suarez. The erstwhile Borrusia Dortmund winger has so far played 11 games with four assists, one of these in the Champions League.

If Valverde entrusts the Frenchman with this huge responsibility, he certainly will be an asset in the massive encounter.


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