Alonso assures Chelsea: Barcelona are NOT unbeatable
Published 22:29 22/04/12 By Oliver Holt
Real Madrid star Xabi Alonso last night told Chelsea they need no longer fear Lionel Messi and Barcelona.
Roberto Di Matteo’s side take a slender one-goal lead into the second leg of their Champions League semi-final here tomorrow night.
But they will face a Barcelona side reeling from a home defeat to bitter rivals Madrid that has effectively cost them the Spanish league title.
Ex-Liverpool midfielder Alonso was part of the Madrid team that stunned Barcelona 2-1 in the Nou Camp on Saturday night.
And the Spain playmaker said Barca’s defeat at Stamford Bridge on Wednesday, and defeat to their greatest rivals, showed they were vulnerable.
“The reason for that is not just tonight,” Alonso said, “but the other night as well. We saw that Chelsea beat them.
“We know that over the last few years, Barcelona have been so successful, that they have been playing great, wonderful football. But they are not unbeatable.”
Barcelona’s defeat ended a 54-game unbeaten run at home stretching back to September 2010.
And it gave Chelsea – who won the first leg with a goal from Didier Drogba – a glimmer of hope that they may be playing the European champions just when fatigue is catching up with them.
“Chelsea have the lead,” Alonso added. “They are ahead in the scoreline. To play here is difficult but we will have to see what happens.”