The real test still ahead for Blues

April 19th, 2012 by bet365 Leave a reply »

A combination of luck and extremely hard work gave Chelsea a remarkable 1-0 victory over Barcelona in the Champions League on Wednesday but the hard work is still to come.

A one attempt one goal, smash and grab affair at Stamford Bridge has given the Premier League outfit a slender advantage going into the second leg but what will have pleased Blues manager Roberto Di Matteo, was the lack of an away goal for the Catalan juggernauts.

Barca boss Pep Guardiola will still probably be scratching his head as to why his side were unable to get on the scoresheet on a cold wet night in west London.

The woodwork was rattled twice by the defending European champions but Chelsea showed some impressive resilience and ultimately the Didier Drogba goal just before half-time made all the difference.

On paper the Blues are in sniffing distance of a Champions League final but they face the monumental task of getting one over on Barca on their home turf in the semi-final second leg and the champions league betting puts them as outsiders.

The La Liga champions were towards the end of the first leg, starting to gage how to hurt Chelsea and having looked at the tapes over the next week or so, Barcelona will be even more of a threat on April 24.

There is no question that Chelsea still have all the work to do at the Nou Camp later this month but their resilience and commitment at Stamford Bridge will have pleased Di Matteo, who is looking more and more like a man who could take up the hot seat with the Blues on a full-time basis.

I would bet on the FA Cup finalists causing Barca a few more problems on their own turf next week, with the final in Munich in sight.

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