London: Barcelonas stunning 6-2 victory at Real Madrid underlined why many people are saying Pep Guardiolas team is the best in the world. Whether it scared Champions League opponent Chelsea is another matter.
Guus Hiddink and his players already knew of Barcelonas goalscoring talents before the Spanish league leader made it to 100 league goals for the season on Saturday and were well aware of a triple strike-force of Samuel Eto, Lionel Messi and Thierry Henry which has now contributed 69 of those.
They knew that before Chelsea went to the Camp Nou and restricted Barca to a 0-0 draw in last weeks first leg and are quite satisfied they can do the same when they meet at Stamford Bridge on Wednesday.
More important to Chelsea than Barcelonas impressive victory in Madrid on Saturday is the fact that the Blues were so close to winning the title for the first time a year ago, losing only in a penalty shootout to Manchester United in Moscow after a 1-1 draw.
We did make it to the final and it was a shame to lose, said French winger Florent Malouda.
We are all determined now to get to Rome and win the trophy because we have come close before. This now means that our desire is even stronger than it has ever been. The Champions League is a very important competition for any player.
A 1-0 victory will put Chelsea into the final for the second year in a row.
Coincidentally, Barcelona is the only non-English team in the semi-final for the second season in a row and will be out to stop another final between two Premier League teams.
Its a lot better to go to Chelsea with a victory at the Bernabeu, but its a different competition and its going to be a lot different game, said Henry, who made the 2006 final with Arsenal only to lose to Barcelona.
We see how Chelsea is playing, its not the same way to play either. So well have to have another incredible match. We still havent done anything. We still have to win more games. We have to be careful and see what we can do.
Barca goes to Stamford Bridge with several defensive problems. Centre-backs Rafael Marquez and Gabriel Milito are both missing because of knee injuries while Carles Puyol is suspended and young Uruguayan defender Martin Caceres is likely to get a start against Didier Drogba and Nicolas Anelka, who both scored in Saturdays 3-1 Premier League victory over Fulham.
Man United and Arsenal also won impressively on Saturday. Uniteds 2-0 victory at Middlesbrough kept it three points ahead in the title race with a game in hand while Arsenal triumphed 3-0 at Portsmouth to guarantee finishing at least fourth, which means another shot at next seasons Champions League.