The Chelsea fans here in the Transfer Tavern are beyond nervous today. Indeed, in just a few hours, the Blues will take on old rivals Barcelona at the Camp Nou in the second-leg their finely poised Champions League round of 16 in what promises to be a huge game.
It’s a fixture that has provided so much enjoyment over the years, though with the English champions looking unlikely to finish in the top four this season, the hopes of a successful campaign largely rest on a seemingly unlikely victory against the Blaugrana tonight.
With Antonio Conte’s side struggling to score goals of late, the kind of riches available to Barcelona in attacking positions are already scaring some of our west London locals. In fact, Chelsea actually played without a striker at Stamford Bridge three weeks ago, though Conte’s reveal that Alvaro Morata is in contention for the game during his press conference yesterday has barely cheered fans up.
Conte says Morata is also in contention for a place tomorrow and he has seen a great will from the player to fight for that place.
— Chelsea FC (@ChelseaFC) March 13, 2018
The Spaniard has struggled of late, leading many supporters on social media to urge Conte to leave their club-record man out and play January signing Olivier Giroud instead! Here’s a closer look at the calls on Twitter.
Not morata pllllz
— Lekey (@druidzy) March 13, 2018
And this is why why we will fail in this game
— ron gatheru (@GatheruRon) March 13, 2018
— иσвσ∂у (@SomeGuy556) March 13, 2018
Can we start Giroud ahead of Morata? Please pleaseeee!!
— N.Fadhleena.A (@nfadhleenaa) March 13, 2018
Morata could do the Torres thing
— GERALD ELIJAH NJOROGE KURIA (@Elijah97Kuria) March 14, 2018
giroud starts,morata shud start from bench just like drogba started in 2012 victory and torres came in later to win the knockout with his last goal
— johndbeloved (@johndbeloved) March 13, 2018
— les henderson (@chelseales) March 13, 2018
Morata isn't the right one for such a game
— Felix Carter II (@FelixIICarter) March 13, 2018
Please noooooooooooo. Giroud should start
— Vaeduff blvrk (@godwinomini) March 13, 2018