Barcelona’s Cesc Fabregas claims that Chelsea’s latest success since interim coach Roberto Di Matteo took over is due to them playing log-ball tactics.
The former Arsenal captain Fabregas said: ‘They tried to change under Andre Villas-Boas but they are now the same Chelsea I knew when I left.
It’s the typical thing; we would dominate the ball, keep possession, create chances and then … a counter-attack from Didier Drogba and goal. They are like motorbikes now: faster, quicker to get the ball forward and cause problems.
‘They have a super-fast counter-attack and it was a film we saw again and again. They are a dangerous team. They have returned to the Chelsea that made them great and led them to win the Premier League and Cups and reach the Champions League final.’
Di Matteo knows that if Chelsea are to move on to the Champions League final they cannot afford to make any mistakes saying: ‘We need two perfect games,’ ‘but the fact we have been performing very well in the past six weeks gives us the belief that we can produce two perfect games. The spirit in the group is very high, very good. We have quality players and they are very motivated.
‘We have a good history against Barcelona. They don’t like to play against us. Past results show that.’
Fabregas also talked about how his own game has developed since returning to his former club Barcelona saying: ‘I feel I’ve learned a lot tactically,’ ‘at Arsenal I was free to do whatever I wanted and I was going up and down and sometimes a little bit lost.
‘I feel more mature now. My team-mates are more experienced than me and I trust them. They have told me to be calm and stay in position. It is a real pleasure to play in this team.