Jose Mourinho did his former club a huge favor on Saturday as his Madrid side beat Barcelona at home. The game highlighted just where Barcelona are vulnerable — set pieces and counter-attacks. Both these factors will surely be etched into the mind of Di Matteo.
Not only did the result inflict some pain on the Catalans in terms of morale, but the game also took its toll on the players physically.
Unlike Roberto Di Matteo, Barcelona coach Pep Guardiola chose to play almost the same lineup that featured in the Champions League last Wednesday, which means that the influential Lionel Messi, Andres Iniesta and Xavi may not be at their effective best for the mid-week clash against the Blues.
Now that Barcelona have only the Champions League to focus on, chances are they will grow increasingly frustrated as the match goes on especially if they are unable to break down Chelsea's defense, which could just give the Blues an opening to exploit.