WILKINS: BARCELONA ARE NOTHING WITHOUT NEYMAR

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Chelsea qualified for the second round of the UEFA Champions League after a year’s absence. But after qualifying as second from the group, Chelsea were handed a draw to play Barcelona.

The Catalan club’s European pedigree is undisputed as five-time winners of the Champions League and the La Liga leaders seem to be in good form topping the Spanish table and have scored 38 goals in 15 games this season.

However, former Chelsea assistant coach Ray Wilkins thinks Chelsea can defeat Barcelona and he thinks the club are weakened without Neymar.

“Barcelona are not the side that they were with Neymar,” the former Blues midfielder and assistant manager told talkSPORT.

“They do have Suarez and Messi but they are not the force they once were.

“This is a good draw for Chelsea.

“There have been some great contests over the years and I see no reason why Chelsea can’t knock them out.”

Coincidentally, Chelsea are unbeaten against Barca in the last seven games.

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