Barcelona coach Guardiola has great regard for Chelsea old guard

Barcelona coach Pep Guardiola says he has great respect for Chelsea's senior players.

Chelsea's recent resurgence under Roberto Di Matteo has left Guardiola with much to worry about, it seems.

Guardiola said: "They have John Terry, Ashley Cole, Frank Lampard, Michael Essien, Didier Drogba ... They are players who have had thousands and thousands of adventures.

"Maybe they do not have the consistency in the league but in competitions like this they are one of the best teams in the world.

"I saw what they did against Tottenham," Guardiola added, referring to Chelsea's 5-1 win over their rivals at Wembley on Sunday.

"Everyone wants to beat Barcelona and play well against us, because we are the current holders but I am struggling to see how we are going to hurt them and how we are going to create chances to score goals."

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