UEFA CL: Valverde reacts to Barcelona draw against Chelsea - FCNaija

Champions League By: Iseghohi Odianosen | 11/12/2017

Barcelona coach Ernesto Valverde has reacted to the Champions League round of 16 draws against Chelsea.

Chelsea has been a major threat to the Catalan side over the past seasons, The Premier League Champions knocked out Barcelona in 2011/12 season in the semifinals, with the Blues going on to win the tournament against Bayern Munich.

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Valverde knows what it takes to face Chelsea "It's a tough draw for us because of the magnitude of the opposition," he said. "Chelsea is champions of the Premier League but we're excited about the tie, even though it will be difficult.

The Barcelona coach also singled out Alvaro Morata as one of the main threat going into the game next year when the tournament resumes.

"Chelsea is a strong and physical team, with a clear tactical system in place. They take advantage of the physical nature of the Premier League well.

"With the signing of Morata, they've added pace in attack, while (Eden) Hazard is very good between the lines."