CHELSEA VS BARCELONA IS 50/50, PUNDIT SAYS

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Chelsea have been drawn to play Barcelona in the second round of the UEFA Champions League.

The Blues could only qualify as second from Group C and will now face longtime European rivals, Barcelona.

Player-turned-pundit Charlie Nicholas thinks the game is 50/50 and Chelsea’s defence will be key to winning this fixture, especially if the Blues keep Lionel Messi locked down.

“This is a 50/50 one for me,” Nicholas told Sky Sports.

“This Barcelona side are still nowhere near their best and Ernesto Valverde has not adapted to the Barcelona style.

“Selling Neymar was obviously a blow and Luis Suarez and Lionel Messi have suffered because of that.

“Gerard Deulofeu is not up to it so teams can get away with putting two men on Messi and Chelsea can do that with their system.

“Ousmane Dembele might be back and fit and that would make a difference.

“But, while they have improved a bit defensively, you can still go at their defence and I think Chelsea have a seriously decent chance if they can manage Messi.”

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