Barcelona playmaker Deco believes that Chelsea will employ ‘tricks and gamesmanship’ when the two sides meet in Tuesday night’s eagerly-awaited UEFA Champions League showdown.
The first leg resulted in a 2-1 win for Barcelona, but the result was overshadowed by the furore caused by the dismissal of Chelsea full-back Asier Del Horno.
Deco has now warned his Barca team-mates to beware Chelsea’s antics both on and off the pitch.
“Our intention is not just to beat Chelsea, but to win the Champions League,” Deco told The Sun.
“And to finish Chelsea off on Tuesday, the most important task for us is to avoid the tricks and gamesmanship we can expect from Mourinho and his players.
“They will want us to fall into their traps on and off the pitch, but we cannot afford that.
“We took a massive step ahead in London. But they are a complicated and tough team to beat.
“I’ve told my team-mates that we have to be ready for anything that Chelsea throw at us.
“And you saw immediately after the first game the stuff like Mourinho threatening to send a B team to Barcelona and asking for the first match to be replayed.”
Barcelona striker Samuel Eto’o believes his colleagues must put the events of the first leg behind them.
“We don’t want polemics about the referee and what happened with Messi and Del Horno,” said Eto’o.
“We have to concentrate on what we do and not respond to the provocation of Chelsea.
“We don’t care about Mourinho, we just want to play our football.”
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