Belletti: No favourites
news Wed 14 Mar 2018
Former Chelsea and Barcelona full-back Juliano Belletti says the two clubs' Champions League tie is too close to call going into the second leg.
The first match between the sides at Stamford Bridge finished as a 1-1 draw, with Willian's opener being cancelled out by Lionel Messi's goal, meaning the last-16 encounter is finely poised ahead of the decisive match in Spain tonight.
'The first leg was a top-quality game with great players on both sides,' said the Brazilian, who scored five goals in 94 appearances for the Blues between 2007 and 2010 and played in midfield at times.
'The first game was good for Barcelona, but I think Chelsea can surprise them at the Camp Nou as well, because they have a lot of good players, as do Barcelona, so it will definitely be another great game.
'Of course Chelsea have a chance, but have to give a lot of respect to Barcelona, because they are a good team as well, so there are no favourites for this match. It is just a great opportunity to see a great match.'
Belletti was discussing the upcoming Champions League fixture while visiting the Bridge for the first time since lifting the Premier League trophy here in 2010, to watch our 2-1 Premier League win over Crystal Palace on Saturday.
Although a rare visitor to the stadium these days, he revealed he and his family often cheer on the Blues from afar.
'I really love this country, London and, of course, this club is in my heart,' he explained. 'I always speak about Chelsea with my kids, with my family, because it was a great time for me here at this club.
'I definitely look out for Chelsea's results because I still have friends here. I am a Chelsea supporter, my kids love this club, so all of us in my home watch the Chelsea matches.'