Carvalho fires Barca warning
By Mark Kendall
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
Ricardo Carvalho is supremely confident Chelsea will beat Barcelona.Ricardo Carvalho is supremely confident Chelsea will beat Barcelona and progress in the UEFA Champions League.
The Blues are riding high at the top of The Premiership with an eight-point lead, but opponents Barca enjoy an even more commanding position in Spain having opened up a ten-point gap at the head of La Primera.
Despite the Catalans' exceptional form, Carvalho believes Chelsea will come out on top in their eagerly-anticipated showdown, but admits he would be sad to see Barca exit the competition.
"The sad thing is that one team will go out because we both deserve to go through," he told El Mundo Deportivo.
"I'm sorry for them but we're going through, I have a lot of confidence.
"They are playing very well but we are as well and also we have the key second game at home, which is very important."
Carvalho added he was looking forward to locking horns with Portugal team-mate and former Porto colleague Deco, but admitted it would be strange to line up on the opposing side to the midfielder.
"It is going to be very strange seeing him in another shirt," he continued.
"It will also be nice to play against the others in the team as it is always good to face the best and at the moment they have Ronaldinho and Samuel Eto'o - they are world class."