06 April 2012

Kalou: "Chelsea can beat Barcelona in two games"

The Ivorian Salomon Kalou believes Chelsea the "blues" can defeat Barcelona of Pep Guardiola in a playoff over two legs as the semifinals of the Champions League, said the striker to Radio Monte Carlo.

"Barcelona are a great team, but in two matches is possible. We have seen Inter (José) Mourinho did cause problems for two years," said the London club forward.

Kalou recalled other "big shock" against Barcelona, as the semifinal of 2009 in which Andres Iniesta gave to the Catalans victory with a goal in the last minute.

"He Iniesta goal three years ago was a painful moment," recalled the Ivorian, who acknowledged that his team was "lucky" to pass the quarterfinal tie against Benfica.

In 85 minutes of the meeting, Spanish Javi García stunned Stamford Bridge with a goal at the exit of a corner that did to the English until the Portuguese Raul Meireles sealed the victory Chelsea in stoppage time.

"The start of the match was not easy, the meeting was going out of hand. We were lucky to score the penalty, but after the goal live a moment of doubt," described the player.

The reissue Chelsea on 18 April the Champions League semi-final they faced in 2009 to Barcelona, a team that has qualified for the penultimate round of the top European competition for five consecutive seasons. (via SPORT)