Thierry Henry is confident that Barcelona can overcome Chelsea in tonight’s UEFA Champions League clash.
The sides meet at Camp Nou in the first leg of their semi-final tie and Barca will be looking to take a lead to Stamford Bridge.
Henry accepts that under manager Guus Hiddink they will be difficult to beat, but he is confident Barcelona ti justify their status as competition favourites.
“For us it is not a problem that some people have made Barcelona favourites,” he said in the Daily Star.
“We accept that we will have to fight hard to make sure we make it to the final in Rome.
“Chelsea boss Guus Hiddink is a great tactician so it will be hard. But if we have enough possession we are capable of destroying any rival we face.”
Argentine forward Lionel Messi has been outstanding all season and Henry expects his team-mate to deliver the goods again tonight.
“For me Lionel Messi is without doubt the No.1 player in the world,” he added.
“If Leo plays like he has been doing he is capable of sending the Chelsea defenders mad.
“But I have to say that Barcelona is not all about Messi. Players like Xavi and (Andres) Iniesta are both unique and brilliant players.”