Ghana midfielder Michael Essien believes Chelsea can eliminate Barcelona from the Champions League
Chelsea and Ghana midfielder Michael Essien has said his Premier League
side’s time to has come to defeat Barcelona in the Champions League.
English Premier League giants Chelsea are set to
host Barcelona on 18 April in the first leg of the Champions League semifinal.
“We have played them a few times in the
last eight years or so and they are definitely beatable,” Essien was quoted as saying on his official personal
“I have a feeling it’s our time to get one over on them,” he added.
Barcelona eliminated Chelsea from
the Champions League in 2009 when Andres Iniesta’s last minute goal sealed a tie filled with incident and
“The last time we played them (Barcelona) it was full of drama and had some superb football,” the
“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.”
Essien has had a difficult season, having played only 14 games in all
competitions so far after suffering from a torn ligament during the pre-season training camp.
He joined Chelsea in
2005 for £24 million.
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