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Barca ready for Blues visit


Barca ready for Blues visit


Holders Barcelona will look to overturn a one nil deficit when they host Chelsea in the decisive second leg of their Champions League semi-final at the Camp Nou.

Coach Pep Guardiola should have defender Gerard Pique back in the fold after he missed the first leg through injury while midfielder Cesc Fabregas is likely to return after not playing in Saturday’s defeat against Real Madrid in El Clasico.

That defeat, that has all but ended their la liga title hopes, coupled with Wednesday’s first-leg slump at Stamford Bridge was Barca’s first back-to-back defeat in almost three years.

Despite Barca dominating play in London the Blues produced a workmanlike performance to keep the Spaniards at bay.

Didier Drogba scored from Chelsea’s only chance on goal to take a slender advantage to the Catalan capital.
Drogba has travelled to Barcelona despite missing Saturday’s Premier League draw at Arsenal with a knee injury.

The Ivorian is expected to be fit for the second leg but if not coach Roberto Di Matteo will look to Spanish forward Fernando Torres to spearhead the attack.

Defender David Luiz also travelled with the squad but a lingering hamstring injury is likely to keep the Brazilian sidelined, which is not the case for captain John Terry who will play despite walking around with two cracked ribs sustained in the quarter-final at Benfica.

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