Cape Town - The writing is on the wall for Chelsea.
form is about to take a nosedive into the full-blown disaster scene territory
and by the end of Wednesday’s match against Barcelona, Antonio Conte’s fate
will be sealed.
Barcelona are not going to throw this away.
Quite the contrary, they are going to romp past Chelsea and
give the English side a real case of the blues as they are unceremoniously
dumped out of the Champions League. That, and the fact that the Londoners are
four points off a place in next year’s competition, is all the ammunition the
club’s owner needs to send Conte off into the sunset.
Barca’s home record this term is impressive; 18 wins and
just two draws at the Nou Camp points to the air of inevitability surrounding
this tie. Barca, too, have been rampant in front of goal scoring 60 while only
Chelsea’s last two away days in the Premier League provide
further proof, as if you needed any. Conte’s side have travelled to Manchester
twice and lost. First to United, 2-1 and then to City 1-0 in a match where the
English league champions in waiting barely got out of first gear.
As if the odds weren’t already stacked against Chelsea,
Barcelona have an all-time record against English teams of 19 wins, 11 draws
and just two losses. Chelsea actually have a tremendous record at the Nou Camp,
where they are unbeaten in their last four trips, but it will all unravel on
And while the first leg may have ended with a pretty
innocuous looking 1-1 scoreline, it was Lionel Messi who grabbed the goal
thereby breaking his hoodoo against the Blues.
Willian was superb in the first
leg (why not back him to score and his side to lose by backing the What More Can I
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I’ll be backing Messi to continue his
‘free scoring’ ways against Chelsea by scoring the game’s first goal (27/10)
and Barcelona to cruise in with a 2-0 win (5/1).
Chelsea have progressed past this stage just once in the
last five seasons. You can make that one in six after this one’s done and