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Barcelona do not feel the pressure of being the favourites to win the Champions League, according to the French star...

Thierry Henry believes that Barcelona have not been affected by being given the favourites tag to win the Champions League because they are able to beat anyone on their day.

The French forward recognised that the expectations are high at Camp Nou, but does not think that has ever been a problem because of the way that the team plays.

Barcelona entertain Chelsea in the first leg of the Champions League semi-final on Tuesday and Henry is confident that his side can win despite it being a tough task.

"For us it is not a problem that some people have made Barcelona favourites," the Daily Star quote him saying.

"We accept that we will have to fight hard to make sure we make it to the final in Rome.

"Chelsea boss Guus Hiddink is a great tactician so it will be hard. But if we have enough possession we are capable of destroying any rival we face."

Henry thinks that Lionel Messi is also capable of living up to the hype surroundng him, but also considers that he will not be the only player Chelsea have to watch.

"For me Lionel Messi is without doubt the number one player in the world," he continued.

"If Leo plays like he has been doing he is capable of sending the Chelsea defenders mad.

"But I have to say that Barcelona is not all about Messi. Players like Xavi and (Andres) Iniesta are both unique and brilliant players."

Lucas Brown, Goal.com


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