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Frank Rijkaard has admitted the absence of Arjen Robben has provided Barcelona with a big boost ahead of their UEFA Champions League clash with Chelsea.
The Barca boss believes his fellow Dutchman provides The Blues, who he describes as 'very functional', with an added dimension in the final third.
However, Rijkaard insists the Premiership leaders will still prove very dangerous opponents despite being shorn of arguably their best attacking talent.
Barcelona's Giovanni van Bronckhorst has warned Chelsea that Barcelona will upset their Quadruple dream.
The former Arsenal star is convinced the Primera Liga leaders will have the firepower to breach Jose Mourinho's remarkably well drilled defence.
With the whole of Europe eagerly looking forward to the clash between two of the best sides on the continent, judging by this season's results, the Holland international is in a positive frame of mind.
Chelsea striker Didier Drogba is set to miss next week's UEFA Champions league clash with Barcelona.
The Ivory Coast ace is still struggling with a thigh problem which has seen him miss his side's last three games.
Blues boss Jose Mourinho was hoping to have Drogba available for the trip to Camp Nou with Arjen Robben already missing with a broken foot.
Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho has named his side to face former club Barcelona and will be without the services of Damien Duff.
The Irish winger sustained a knee injury in The Blues' FA Cup defeat at Newcastle after a collision with Carlo Cudicini, and has failed to recover for the clash at Camp Nou on Wednesday.
The news is a major blow for Mourinho who was already without the inspirational Arjen Robben, and has left The Blues bereft of genuine width up front.
Jose Mourinho remains in a defiant mood despite the fact his Chelsea side face Barcelona on Wednesday without the considerable services of Damien Duff and Arjen Robben.
Chelsea's bid for a four trophy haul wilted on Sunday in defeat at Newcastle but of greater concern are the injuries sustained by Duff and Wayne Bridge.
Whilst Bridge has been ruled out long term and Duff out of Wednesday's game, William Gallas has recovered from a knock and will play at Camp Nou.
Claudio Ranieri has backed former employers Chelsea to emerge victorious from their eagerly-anticipated UEFA Champions League showdown with Barcelona.
The popular Italian tactician was shown the door at Stamford Bridge last summer to accommodate the arrival of Jose Mourinho.
Ranieri subsequently rejoined Valencia for his second spell at the Primera club where he has had a first-hand look at Chelsea's forthcoming opponents Barcelona.
Claude Makelele claims it is a shame Barcelona and Chelsea were drawn against each other at such an early stage of the UEFA Champions League.
The French midfielder, who used to play for Barca's arch rivals Real Madrid, thinks the game between the leaders of the English and Spanish leagues has come too soon in the competition.
While Makelele has no doubts the tie will prove a fantastic spectacle, he believes it deserved a bigger stage than the round of the final 16.
Ronaldinho has insisted that the two best teams in Europe will come face to face when Barcelona take on Chelsea on Wednesday night.
The Brazilian schemer, who has been mooted as a possible Chelsea target, admits he has watched The Blues on a number of occasions this term and has been left impressed.
Indeed, 'Ronnie' believes the tie is too close to call, but insists Barca will be focusing solely on their own game ahead of the clash.
Frank Rijkaard believes Jose Mourinho's pre-match conference showed his unease, ahead of Chelsea's UEFA Champions League clash with Barcelona.
Barca boss Rijkaard responded to Mourinho naming his side, by suggesting it was a strange decision.
"When people talk like this before a match, it is a sign that they are not calm," said Rijkaard.
Former Barcelona and Chelsea full back Albert Ferrer believes that there will be nothing to choose when his former sides collide in the UEFA Champions League at Camp Nou.
The Spaniard played for the Londoners on their last visit to Catalonia, in 2000, when they travelled with a two goal advantage from the home leg but attempted to sit on the advantage and were thrashed 5-1.
Ferrer does not think that Chelsea coach Jose Mourinho will repeat that mistake and instead will look to take the game to Barcelona.
Milan's Hernan Crespo is targeting a goal at Old Trafford in the UEFA Champions League tie with Manchester United.
With Andrei Shevchenko and Filippo Inzaghi absent, the Rossoneri will look to Crespo to fire the bullets in Wednesday night's encounter.
Carlo Ancelotti will probably field a 4-3-2-1 formation with the Chelsea loanee spearheading the attack.
Barcelona boss Frank Rijkaard has taken a swipe at Chelsea by insisting his side will face a much better footballing side in their derby against Espanyol this Wednesday than in their UEFA Champions League second leg.
Rijkaard has become embroiled in a war of words with the West Londoners following Barca's ill-tempered 2-1 victory over The Blues at Camp Nou last week.
The row over whether he went into referee Ander Frisk's dressing room is still rumbling on with Jose Mourinho claiming over the weekend he witnessed the meeting himself.
Carles Puyol insists he does not expect Chelsea to markedly alter their style of play when Barcelona travel to Stamford Bridge for the second leg of their UEFA Champions League tie.
The Blues were roundly criticised by the Spanish media for their ultra-defensive approach in the 2-1 defeat at Camp Nou on Wednesday.
Even before they were reduced to ten men, Jose Mourinho's side played with a loan striker, Didier Drogba, and were more than happy to get numbers behind the ball at every opportunity.
Barcelona have accused Chelsea of being 'pathetic' in the aftermath of their UEFA Champions League defeat at Camp Nou.
The Blues refused to attend a post-match conference after Wednesday's 2-1 loss and claimed they were submitting a complaint to Uefa regarding a half time incident.
Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho is rumoured to have been furious that his Barca counterpart Frank Rijkaard spoke to referee Anders Frisk at the interval.
Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho has claimed that he himself saw Barcelona counterpart Frank Rijkaard enter referee Anders Frisk's dressing room at half time during his side's UEFA Champions League loss at Camp Nou last week.
Speaking to the Portuguese press, Mourinho is adamant that he witnessed Rijkaard's meeting first-hand, and wants Italian official Pierluigi Collina to take charge of the second leg at Stamford Bridge.
"When I saw Rijkaard entering the referee's dressing room I couldn't believe it," he told Record
Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho launched an astonishing double attack on Swedish referee Anders Frisk and UEFA on Monday night as he raised the stakes even higher ahead of Tuesday's crucial Champions League return leg against Barcelona at Stamford Bridge.
Mourinho hit back over UEFA's claims that Chelsea had asked for assurances respected official Pierluigi Collina was appointed as the referee for the game. And in a typical piece of Mourinho arrogance, the Chelsea boss accused Frisk of bias towards the Spanish giants in the first leg and UEFA of lying about his demands for Collina.
Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho has revealed that winger Arjen Robben will not feature against Barcelona.
The former Porto boss was speaking at a pre-match press conference at Stamford Bridge before Tuesday's crucial UEFA Champions League second leg tie with the Spanish giants.
The Blues trail Barcelona 2-1 from the first leg, but have a valuable away goal from the first leg at Camp Nou.