Chelsea are only one game away from making their second ever Champions League final. With a 1-0 advantage over their opposition, Barcelona, going into Camp Nou, there is good reason for fans who bleed blue to be confident ahead of the showdown.
The defensive game plan, which surprised no one in the first leg, was executed to perfection by Chelsea. They stifled the Barcelona attack and even created a shock goal out of it, as Frank Lampard forced Lionel Messi into a turnover in midfield, leading to Didier Drogba’s goal.
However, things will not be as convenient this time around. Not only are Chelsea fighting against Barca looking to overturn the deficit, but Barca will also be looking to get back on track after being all but mathematically eliminated from La Liga contention after their loss to Real Madrid on the weekend.
It was the first time the Catalans suffered back-to-back losses in almost three years.
But with all that, I am still confident Chelsea will progress. This article is written from a fan, by a fan and for Chelsea fans. It is a fluff piece meant to get those excited for the game ahead. There is no objectivity, and it is driven more by fandomhood than levelheadedness.
So feel free to disagree all you want, but understand you will only be arguing with someone who is mad with excitement. I wrote one before the Napoli match and one before the first against Benfica, so it would be stupid for me not to do the same now.
Here are four reasons Chelsea will shock everyone (but Chelsea fans) and make it to the Champions League final.