By 90Min
March 14, 2018

Barcelona left back Jordi Alba has stressed that Wednesday night's Champions League last 16 second leg against Chelsea will prove a 'very difficult' test for him and his teammates.

The Blaugrana go into the game as favourites after a 1-1 draw at Stamford Bridge in the first leg.

However, Alba has warned of the problems that can arise when playing against a side of Chelsea's counter attacking proficiency.

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"We expect Chelsea to play as [they did] in the first leg," he said, as quoted by Marca. "[Which is holding] the team back and seek the counter attacks to do damage.

"It will be a very difficult game. It's a very good season [for Barcelona] and we look forward to the tie against Chelsea.

"We hope to get through and then face what's coming."

Alba was withdrawn in the second half of his side's 2-0 La Liga win against Malaga last weekend after picking up a knock.

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But he is fit to play against Chelsea and has expressed his determination to end the season with success.

"I feel better every day, I keep learning and [I have gained] much more experience than in other years," he added.

"I feel great, I hope I can win all the possible titles with Barcelona and then the World Cup, which is the only one I haven't won yet."

Barcelona are on course to win La Liga and have reached the final of the Copa del Rey, where they will play against Sevilla.

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