Barcelona v Chelsea: Xavi says Stamford Bridge key to Champions League contest

28 April 2009 08:14
Barcelona have scored a wealth of goals this season in La Liga and Europe and Chelsea will be looking to return to London with at least a goal to their name before the second leg. [LNB]And Xavi believes Chelsea, under Guus Hiddink, will do enough to keep the tie alive tonight - despite Barcelona's firepower. [LNB] Related ArticlesBarca's perfect 10Barcelona v ChelseaCity line up £40m Eto'o bidCatalans love to hate ChelseaHiddink turns to DrogbaPaper View: Chelsea set for Lionel Messi showdown in Barcelona"It would be a huge advantage, in fact it would be a bit of a dream, if we could hit four goals against Chelsea like we did that night," said the 29-year-old. [LNB]"What we can repeat, however, is the level of play and the intensity with which we attacked Bayern. [LNB]"My opinion remains that we are not likely to finish the tie in the first leg – the match at Stamford Bridge will be decisive. [LNB]"Look what happened when Chelsea won at Anfield. Despite that victory they had to fight to stay alive in the second leg and what I feel is important is that we now have enough experience to play this cleverly over the two legs of the tie."[LNB]Xavi also believes that Hiddink has changed Chelsea's game since Luiz Felipe Scolari was sacked earlier this season. [LNB]"They play a very effective game, but perhaps you could say it is not the most beautiful to watch. [LNB]"We know what Chelsea are about. They are about playing physical and tough football - we like to play football a little bit more beautiful than that. [LNB]"If we play football our way and at our pace, we know we will be very difficult to beat. [LNB]"It is not the Barcelona way to change our game just because some teams play tough football. [LNB]"We can out-pass you and we can out-think you - that is our brand of football."[LNB] 

Source: Telegraph