Barcelona boss highlight’s Chelsea biggest threat – and it’s not Eden Hazard

Barcelona boss Ernesto Valverde believes that his side must be wary of Alvaro Morata’s pace when they take on Chelsea in the Champions League next year.

The two clubs will reignite their ding-dong battles in the competition in February and March after they were draw against each other in the last 16 of the competition.

The Blues have taken on the La Liga giants 12 times previously in Europe’s top competition, and it will be up to Morata to lead the line for the Premier League side and guide them into the quarter-finals.

Meanwhile, Barcelona will be looking to secure another place in the last eight, but Valverde knows that they have to be cautious over some of Chelsea’s biggest threats.

“It’s a tough draw for us because of the magnitude of the opposition,” Valverde said.

“Chelsea are champions of the Premier League but we’re excited about the tie, even though it will be difficult. Chelsea are a strong and physical team, with a clear tactical system in place.

“They take advantage of the physical nature of the Premier League well. “With the signing of Morata they’ve added pace in attack.”

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