Date: 16th February 2018 at 2:05am
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Chelsea fans here in the Tavern are hoping to head into their crucial Champions League clash with a fully strengthened team, as the difficult task of Barcelona awaits the Blues. 

Indeed, Antonio Conte has been rather unlucky with the injuries suffered to players at key times this season, with a tiring schedule beginning to wear off on some of the Blues’ key men. Although, with Spanish giants Barcelona being the opponent in the next round of the Champions League, Chelsea are hoping to head into the all-important first-leg with Alvaro Morata back in the side. And, it looks as if this is a guarantee for next Tuesday’s tie, as according to a statement posted on Chelsea’s Twitter account, Alvaro Morata will be ready for next week’s encounter with Barcelona.

Indeed, the Spaniard continues to make his way back from a back injury that caused for a striker crisis at Stamford Bridge, as Olivier Giroud was the ideal addition in the absence of the 25-year-old. However, news that the striker will play a part in tomorrow’s FA Cup encounter is a welcome sign for the Blues, as they’re going to require all the firepower to overcome the challenge of Lionel Messi and his fellow Barcelona teammates.

Of course, with Chelsea going their last three games without a striker making it onto the score-sheet, the return of their club-record signing could shape for an inspired reaction among his fellow teammates. And, as a former Real Madrid player there’s nothing Morata would love more than upsetting his former El Clásico rivals.

Landlord’s Verdict: 

Chelsea will welcome Morata back into the side with open arms, as a player that’s served them well since making the move over from Spain. So, to receive the boost of a the striker returning to their ranks, familiar surrounding at the Nou Camp could be crucial to bringing a result back to the English capital in the return leg. And, with goals hard to come by in the striking department over the past few games for the Blues, seeing a natural born goalscorer back in their ranks will provide a big morale boost heading into the clash.

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