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Chelsea have been drawn with Barcelona in the second round of the UEFA Champions League, and Chelsea captain Gary Cahill has admitted that he expected the Blues will be drawn against the Spanish giants, who Chelsea have an European rivalry with.

Cahill was part of the Chelsea team that defeated Barca in the Champions League semifinals in 2012 enroute to our Champions League triumph, and in reaction to the draw, Cahill has admitted that he expected it.

“In a weird way I kind of expected it, there were only three options so it was quite a likely outcome,” said Cahill.

“It will be a very tough game but it’s a great fixture to look forward to, both for us as players and the supporters.

“It’s a very difficult tie but hugely exciting for everybody. We have good memories from the last time we played them and obviously we went on to win the trophy.

“We beat them 1-0 at home and then held them away, that famous game at the Nou Camp, so they’re great memories.

“This stands alone, two big games. They’re a tough opponent but I’m sure they will be looking at us in the same way.”

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