Motta back for Blues date
By Francisco Acedo
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
Thiago Motta will be fit and ready to face Chelsea in the UEFA Champions League.
Barcelona's Thiago Motta will be fit and ready to face Chelsea in the UEFA Champions League after recovering from a knee injury.
Motta has been sidelined for the past six weeks but has now been able to step up his recovery, with a projected return for next week.
The return is a timely one for Motta and Barca with the Catalans poised to resume European hostilities with The Blues on February 22.
"My recuperation has gone to plan and I intend to be ready in two weeks," Motta told Radio Catalan.
"My great objective is to aid the team in the forthcoming matches against Chelsea."
Motta admits that the clash with Chelsea carries extra significance after the controversy of last season's encounters where Barca coach Frank Rijkaard accused his counterpart Jose Mourinho of a lack of sportsmanship.
"This tie is important to us because we want revenge," he revealed.