Barca wary of wounded Chelsea in Nou Camp clash
BARCELONA, Mar 6 (Reuters) Barcelona know that they cannot afford to drop their guard when they face a wounded Chelsea in the second leg of their heavyweight Champions League clash at the Nou Camp tomorrow.
The Catalans claimed a narrow 2-1 victory in the first game at Stamford Bridge two weeks ago, but with last year's aggregate defeat still etched into their memories they know they have yet to deliver the knockout blow to their opponents.
''There is no danger of us relaxing or taking anything for granted against Chelsea,'' Barca fullback Silvinho told the Onda Cero radio station after his side's 3-2 win over Deportivo Coruna on Saturday.
''They are the sort of side that never gives up and if we are not focused we will let them back into the tie. We have to play an intelligent game and use our home advantage to full effect.'' Barca showed the class and determination they will need to take them through against Chelsea in the Depor match, but they made several worrying errors in defence that will give the Londoners hope of staging a comeback.
Ronaldinho, who has shaken off a minor ankle injury, opened the scoring with a sublime free kick in the third minute, but Depor hit back to take a 2-1 lead after some poor defending from the Barca back four from set pieces.
The good news for coach Frank Rijkaard was that his side recovered their concentration and goals from strikers Henrik Larsson and Samuel Eto'o secured a win that kept the Catalans on course to retain their league title.
''We didn't play as we wanted to in the first half, but the attitude was good,'' said the Dutchman. ''There were a few details that will serve as a warning to us too as we all know we have a very important match coming up tomorrow.'' MORE REUTERS PDS VP0932