I Am Pleased Barcelona Are Playing Chelsea In Champions League - Carles Puyol

Liverpool would have had more inside knowledge about Barcelona and may have provided more problems than Chelsea, the Catalan club's captain believes...
Carles Puyol is pleased that Barcelona are taking on Chelsea in the Champions League semi-finals because he thinks that Liverpool's stars would have been too familiar with the Catalans.

The Blaugrana captain thinks that the Blues will provide a stern test, however, they will not have the depth of knowledge about his team that some of Rafael Benitez's players would have done.

Chelsea may not know as much as Liverpool from first-hand experience, but they will still be difficult to beat and Puyol has called upon Barca to raise their game again.

“I prefer to face Chelsea because there are a lot of Spanish players in the Liverpool team and they know us well," The Sun quote him as saying.

“But we have to show all our fighting qualities if we are to beat Chelsea. We do not fear them.

“We have a lot of respect for them but we will try to produce our best form at home."

Barcelona progressed to the semi-finals after an incredible first leg display in the last round against Bayern Munich and Puyol is hoping for a repeat performance

“I hope we can show the same form that saw us beat Bayern Munich in the last round," he continued.

“I am not going to say what Chelsea’s weaknesses are because we want to exploit them. I expect a great game and a great spectacle for fans.

“I have a great deal of experience playing against English clubs in the Champions League but this will not mean anything. We know it is going to be a tough game.”

Lucas Brown, Goal.com