Ghanaian and Chelsea midfielder Michael Essien has stated that Catalans of Spanish football are ‘’definitely beatable’’, and he feels that his clubs’ time to win their first Champions league trophy is now.
The team from west London will host Barcelona in the first leg of the semi final in the Champion league on 18th of this month. The Ghanaian believes the Blues are well equipped to beat Pep Guardiola’s Barcelona.
“We have played them a few times in the last eight years or so and they are definitely beatable, I have a feeling it’s our time to get one over them” the 29 year old said on his official website.
Essien also praised the sides’ meeting in 2009 when Barcelona progress to the Champions league grand final by Andres Iniesta’s last minute goal which sealed a tie filled with incident and intrigue.
He added “The last time we played them it was full of drama and had some superb football, that game had everything, including a couple of great goals; we had them where we wanted them, but failed to finish them off and paid the price.”
The skipper of the Blues also says he his team will give the Catalans revenge after they were defeated in 2009 by the Spaniards when Andres Iniesta equalised during injury time at the Stamford Bridge in London.
“We want to go to the end. We realise it is going to be tough but we’re playing well and I’m not too sure anyone would fancy us at the moment either because we are a very good side, especially in this competition.” said John Terry.
The first leg of Champions league encounter will come off on the 18th of April, 2012 at the Stamford Bridge – the home grounds of Chelsea. The kick off time is 2:45 p.m. ET, 7:45 p.m. local.
Chelsea has projected to play a 4-2-3-1 formation with: Petr Cech, Ashley Cole, John Terry, Gary Cahill, Branislav Ivanovic, John Mikel Obi, Frank Lampard, Solomon Kalou, Juan Mata, Ramires and Didier Dogba.
Barcelona might also play their usual 4-3-3 formation with Victor Valdes, Carles Puyol, Gerard Pique, Javier Masherano, Dani Alves, Sergio Busquets, Xavi Hernandez, Andres Iniesta, Cesc Fabregas, Lionel Messi and Alexis Sanchez