Barcelona are 'definitely beatable', says Chelsea's Essien

After numerous meetings in recent years, the Ghanaian powerhouse is confident that the Blaugrana can be defeated when the two sides meet in the Champions League semi-final

Chelsea midfielder Michael Essien has claimed that Barcelona are "definitely beatable", and feels the club's time has come to win the Champions League for the first time.

The west Londoners host the Spanish champions in the first leg of the semi-finals of Europe's premier club competition on April 18, and the Ghanaian international believes the Blues can defeat Pep Guardiola's side.

“We have played them a few times in the last eight years or so and they are definitely beatable,” the 29-year-old said on his official personal website. “I have a feeling it's our time to get one over on them."

Essien then relived the last time Chelsea took on Barca, a 1-1 draw in the second leg of the Champions League semi-finals in 2009 which saw the Catalans advance on the away-goal rule after Andres Iniesta's 92nd minute goal.

“The last time we played them it was full of drama and had some superb football.

“That game had everything, including a couple of great goals; we had them where we wanted them, but failed to finish them off and paid the price.”

The Accra-born midfielder has had a difficult season with the Blues' having played only 14 games in all competitions so far.