Chelsea defender Gary Cahill has described the Blues’ Champions League semi-final opponents Barcelona as ‘phenomenal’, but says they can be beaten (Chelsea 4/1, draw 14/5, Barcelona 7/10 with bet365).
The two sides meet in the first leg of the their semi-final tie at Stamford Bridge on Wednesday, with Roberto Di Matteo‘s men being viewed as major underdogs.
After a slow start to the year, European champions Barca have won their last 13 games in the league, as well as dominating AC Milan in the last round of the Champions League.
Despite the Blaugrana (5/6 Champions League outright with bet365) facing Real Madrid next weekend, coach Pep Guardiola has insisted that his players will be fully focused on the Stamford Bridge clash and says they will be looking to take a lead back to the Camp Nou.
Cahill accepts that Barcelona are a ‘phenomenal’ team, but says he and his team-mates will not be scared of their opponents.
“They’re beatable, for sure, every team is beatable. But the way they play football is phenomenal,” Cahill said. “I saw them against AC Milan, they scored three but could have probably had six against a fantastic team in their own right.
“We’re under no illusions and everyone knows it will be one of the toughest games of the season,” he added.