Chelsea to rely on experience in Barcelona second-leg

Chelsea will look to the likes of Petr Cech, Ashley Cole, John Terry, Frank Lampard and Didier Drogba for guidance when Roberto Di Matteo’s side meet Barcelona in the second-leg of their Champions League semi-final, the Daily Telegraph has claimed.

The newspaper adds that the experience gleaned by the aforementioned players will be vital in protecting Chelsea’s first-leg lead, and that Di Matteo, the interim manager, will hope Drogba recovers from the knee injury that ruled him out of the weekend draw with Arsenal.

Chelsea last played at the Nou Camp in 2009, also a Champions League semi-final but the first-leg of a tie eventually won on away goals by the Spanish side. In the Chelsea XI who earned a 0-0 draw that day were Cech, Terry, Lampard and Drogba, while Ashley Cole was suspended for the fixture. Another goalless draw at the home of the Champions League holders would put Chelsea through to the final, where they will face either Real Madrid or Bayern Munich. The German side hold a 2-1 advantage from the first-leg.

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