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"If Messi has the day, already can put the central that want to"

Published:14/02/2018 - 12:40h

Updated:14/02/2018 - 17:21h

It approaches the eliminatory of the Champions League that the FC Barcelona will have to contest in front of Chelsea. Javi Gracia, that achieved to defeat to the team 'blue' directing to the Watford, gives the keys to be able to impose

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The FC Barcelona will play his place in the quarter-finals of the Champions League playing against Chelsea in eighth. Javi Gracia, current trainer of the Watford, has achieved to defeat to the team 'blue' in the present season. In an interview for daily 'Sport' gives the keys of the team londinense of face to the European duel.

The Spanish trainer, however, considers that the eliminatory against the FC Barcelona will not have at all that see with his victory. "It will be different. Chelsea, our party, did not explain of start with his forwards, like Giroud and Morata. In the forward went out with William and Hazard. It is a very armed team backwards, with a very defined form to play. I do not know which approach will do against the Barcelona, but will not be so much a question of system, but of how the Barça define his form of game", commented.

"For playing with three head offices, the Barça will not find to an especially defensive rival"

Javi Gracia, however, considers that the FC Barcelona is the favourite to carry the eliminatory: "To the Barcelona see it always between the favourites, in any competition that play. It has lost only a party of Glass and in the Supercopa. Neither that there is empatado lately, is favourite, against Chelsea or against any one".

The technician of the Watford also stood out the fact that Chelsea play with three defences. "It is a team with quite a lot of offensive virtues. For playing with three head offices, the Barça will not find to an especially defensive rival. It is the champion of the Premier the past year, with quality and potential of team very dangerous in the Champions", commented, although matizando that "if Messi has the day, already can put all the central that want to".

The influence of Hazard

Javi Gracia also spoke on the star of Chelsea, Eden Hazard. "It is to a very high level, exceptional. It is a different player. It throws the team to the backs, saw in the last party in front of the WBA, that marked two goals and went determinant", said the technician, although it added that "have to other players. It is Cesc, that is playing in the double pivote. His passes are of a lot of quality, as well as the depth of his carrileros, that are puñales, with Moses or Marcos Alonso, that go in with decision".

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