Ferrer: Chelsea should attack
By Graeme Mair
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
Albert Ferrer believes Chelsea should go on the attack at the Camp Nou.Former Barcelona and Chelsea full back Albert Ferrer believes that there will be nothing to choose when his former sides collide in the UEFA Champions League at Camp Nou.
The Spaniard played for the Londoners on their last visit to Catalonia, in 2000, when they travelled with a two goal advantage from the home leg but attempted to sit on the advantage and were thrashed 5-1.
Ferrer does not think that Chelsea coach Jose Mourinho will repeat that mistake and instead will look to take the game to Barcelona.
"I don't think that there is a favourite." said Ferrer.
"The team (Chelsea) knows that it can't go out on the pitch waiting to see what happens, you have to attack Barca.
"We thought back then that we could go with a two-goal lead and look after it but you cannot play here like that.
"Mourinho knows that and I think that he is going to go for the win, go to score one or two goals and if they get them then it will be difficult for Barca."
Barcelona were in dominant form earlier this season but Ferrer points to the form of Brazilian playmaker Ronaldinho as the key factor in their recent dip.
"The two ways to look at Barcelona are that they are not playing as well as they were at the start of the season, that is true, but also while they are not playing well they are not losing many games and that is very valid." noted Ferrer.
"I am confident in the Barca defence. I think that they do not concede many goals and the three men in midfield also do a good job.
"Now (Demetrio) Albertini has moved into midfield and has allowed (Rafael) Marquez to return to centre-half.
"Eto'o is the main danger in attack - he is quick and very tricky.
"A while back I would have said Ronnie (Ronaldinho), but he is not doing so well, so I think that crucial players are going to be Eto'o or Xavi in midfield.
"For Barca I think the weak points which they will look to expose are the Chelsea full-backs."