Chelsea defender Cesar Azpilicueta says Andres Iniesta is not likely to get a good reception when Barcelona visit the Stamford Bridge for their Champions League round of 16 encounters on Tuesday, February 20.
The 33-year-old scored a late equalizer that propelled the Catalans to the final of the 2009 edition of the Uefa organized competition after playing a 1-1 draw against coach Guus Hiddink’s side.
And the 28-year-old defender says the memory is still fresh in the minds of the Blues’ fans, adding that the Catalans’ captain should not expect a warm welcome in London. Two years down the lane, Chelsea got their revenge by bundling Barca out of championship at the semi-final stage on their way to their first and only Champions League title in 2012.
“I remember that I was in Osasuna when he scored that goal to take Barcelona to the final in Rome,” he told AS. “That changed his history so much and I think the Chelsea fans still feel that in their hearts. “I think Andres continues to generate nightmares and I do not think we will get a good reception.” He uncovered.
Meanwhile, Antonio Conte’s men will hope they can build on their impressive 4-0 win over Hull City in last Friday’s FA Cup 5th round encounter when the two sides file out on Tuesday.