Barcelona vs. AC Milan: Barca's Victory Assures Chelsea's Doom
Barcelona doesn't know which side it will be playing in the Champions League semifinals yet. All Barca knows is that it's made it that far for the fifth straight season after beating AC Milan 3-1 on Tuesday.
But there's one possibility that can't be ignored, and that's a potential match between Barca and Chelsea in the semifinals. All Chelsea has to do is beat Benfica again on Wednesday, or at the very least avoid surrendering its 1-0 aggregate lead.
Asking Chelsea to survive and advance to the semifinals is not asking too much. The Blues have been playing impressive football under Roberto Di Matteo, and they proved the first time around against Benfica that they're the better team.
Make no mistake about it, if Chelsea doesn't advance to the semifinals, it will be a monstrous disappointment.
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It won't matter, though. Now that Barcelona is awaiting Chelsea in the semifinals, elimination from the Champions League is certain. If Chelsea isn't eliminated at the hands of Benfica, it will certainly be eliminated at the hands of Barcelona, just as it was back in 2009.
There's no denying the reality of the situation. Barcelona is the best club in the world, and has been for a while now. It is led by the best player in the world in Lionel Messi, who has now scored a grand total of 58 goals this season after tacking on two more in Barca's victory over AC Milan.
It all revolves around Mess, obviously, but Barcelona's attacking style is a team effort that is nigh impossible to counter. Try as it may, Milan couldn't maintain possession for long against Barca, and it managed just three shots. When it comes to Barca's opponents, numbers like those have long since become the norm.
Chelsea is not an inferior club, mind you. Inferior clubs don't make it to the quarterfinals of the Champions League.
But if Chelsea does indeed find itself matched up against Barcelona in the semifinals, it will quickly become an inferior club. To advance, the Blues would have to get very lucky.
For what it's worth, at least one person out there already thinks Chelsea has luck on its side. Maybe that's a good omen.
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