Chelsea brace themselves for Champions League glory

Updated: April 24, 2012

Chelsea and Bayern Munich will hope Saturday’s energy-sapping “Clasico” takes its toll on Barcelona and Real Madrid when the Spanish giants try to overturn first-leg deficits in the Champions League semifinals this week.

Tonight at the Camp Nou, Chelsea take a 1-0 lead to the home of the defending Champions hoping their backs to the wall spirit will carry them through to the final.

Chelsea had the bonus of being able to rest most of their top stars last weekend, while Barca were involved in an energy sapping El Classico on the weekend against rivals Madrid. Only Pique and Fabregas were missing from the starting line up on the weekend. Both return tonight and with Messi having scored 63 goals this season, the averages are in his favour to get on the score sheet in tonight’s game. In the first leg the champions dominated possession enjoying 80% of the ball which suggests Chelsea will at least have to score an away goal if they want to advance.

Drogba, Lampard, Terry and the senior guard have been in top form of recent weeks and will need to call on all of their experience if they harbour any hopes of advancing. This also represents any realistic chance for Chelsea of qualifying for next seasons elite considering their current position in the league.