Owen Hargreaves predicts Chelsea v Barcelona
Owen Hargreaves looks ahead to Chelsea's crunch Champions League showdown with Barcelona next year
Owen Hargreaves is confident that Chelsea have what it takes to cause an upset and beat Barcelona in the last 16 of the Champions League.
The Blues were pitted against the La Liga giants in Monday’s draw after they were made to pay for finishing second in their group.
Chelsea and Barcelona have made numerous times in the Champions League, and the Blues successfully made their way past the La Liga giants in 2012 on their way towards victory in the competition.
The west London side will inevitably be the underdogs when they come up against the likes of Lionel Messi and Luis Suarez next year.
However, former Manchester United midfielder Hargreaves seems to be confident that the west London side do indeed have what it takes to cause an upset and reach the quarter-finals.
Speaking to BT Sport after the draw was made on Monday, Hargreaves said: “Everybody knows Barcelona are the favourites. They’ve been brilliant.
“But Antonio Conte can easily find a way. Alvaro Morata, Eden Hazard and Cesar Azpilicueta… they have some Spanish influence in that side.
“They could find a way – but if Barcelona are at their best then they’re virtually impossible to stop.”
Chelsea are currently preparing for their home Premier League clash against Southampton at Stamford Bridge on Saturday afternoon as they look to try and claw their way back into the title race.
The Blues won the title last season but missed out on a domestic double when they were beaten by Arsenal in the FA Cup final.
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