Barcelona and Chelsea have some pretty interesting Champions League history. But this matchup may take the cake for the most fascinating of them yet. There’s plenty to analyze with both teams going into this matchup, but we’re going to take a deeper look at Chelsea FC.
Mainly what their current run of form is and what a successful Chelsea game would have to look like.
Chelsea’s recent run of games has been somewhat strange. They’ve won their last two games, against West Brom and Hull City, two somewhat suspect opponents. However, before those two wins Chelsea had lost three of their last four. Including combined 7-1 losses to Watford and Bournemouth.
The main story surrounding Chelsea over the last period of time has been whether or not Antonio Conte would still have his job by the time this game came around. Due to winning games both against lowly West Brom and Hull he’s “saved” his job for now, but Barcelona may have something to say about that.
In a vacuum Eden Hazard is still one of the better players in the world. The worst case scenario for Barcelona is that Eden Hazard has one of his games where people start talking about him being one of the best three players in the world. The last couple of seasons have been that way for Hazard. He has games in which he’s world class and unstoppable, then there are games where you wonder if he pulled a hamstring.
The best case scenario for Chelsea to grab a win against Barcelona is that N’Golo Kante has the game of his life against Lionel Messi and the Barcelona attack. You’ll never render Messi completely useless, but at his best Kante has the ability to mess with Barcelona’s attacking maestro in ways that few can.
A Kante super performance in link with a Hazard masterpiece could be the key for Chelsea to have a successful game against Barcelona.