Chelsea Head To Spain For Daunting Champions League Showdown With Lionel Messi And Co In Crunch Game For Antonio Conte’s Side

Tiemoue Bakayoko (left) and Thibaut Courtois prepare to jet off to Barcelona on Tuesday

The Chelsea squad set sail on their journey to Barcelona on Tuesday afternoon ahead of their Champions League last-16 tie at the Nou Camp.

Antonio Conte ‘s men began their trip from the club’s Cobham training base as they were filmed by Chelsea’s Twitter boarding the team coach before hopping on their flight to Spain ahead of Wednesday’s game. 

Eden Hazard and Cesc Fabregas led the way as they were seen boarding the club coach, along with captain Gary Cahill and goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois. 

After battling out an entertaining 1-1 draw at Stamford Bridge at the end of February, the last-16 tie hangs in the balance with Chelsea looking to keep up their chase for a piece of silverware this season.

Chelsea are now four points adrift of the fourth and final Champions League spot, behind Liverpool, and are in danger of missing out on the competition for the second time in three seasons.

The Blues will not abandon all hope just yet though, having put on an admirable display in the reverse fixture, and will be clinging onto previous triumphs over Barca for encouragement.

In 2012, their only Champions League triumph, then-caretaker manager Roberto di Matteo led Chelsea to a historic victory against all the odds to knock Wednesday’s opponents out in the semi-finals before beating Bayern Munich in the subsequent final.

Travelling Blues supporters will also hope Willian can reproduce the form he showed at the Bridge after his goal gave Conte’s men a first-half lead – before Lionel Messi equalised for the visitors late on.

Willian, who could have easily had a hat-trick on the night after striking the post twice, travelled with the squad and is expected to start against Valverde’s Barca side.

Willian poses with January arrival Emerson Palmieri as the pair share a selfie

Willian boards the plane as he looks to build on his goal against Barcelona in the first leg

The Spaniard climbs aboard the coach as team-mate Giroud moves to greet the staff member

Hazard appears to be in some discomfort as he stops next to Courtois to feel his left leg

Captain Gary Cahill boards the plane as he hopes to lead Chelsea to the quarter-finals

Aside from European competition, Conte’s Blues are relying on the FA Cup with a quarter-final date with Leicester on Sunday still to come.

It will be their last resort for silverware should their Nou Camp date with Barca not go quite to plan.


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