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Man Utd boss Ferguson takes Chelsea inspiration ahead of Barcelona clash

Manchester United boss Sir Alex Ferguson says Chelsea have convinced him that Champions League opponents Barcelona can be beaten.

"I watched the game," Ferguson explained, when asked about Barca's 6-2 demolition of Real Madrid. "It was an absolutely magnificent performance and I said to myself, 'Christ, we have to play them, possibly.'" The United manager, all the same, took note as well of Barcelona's brush with elimination from the Champions League four days later, when refereeing decisions may have saved them in the 1-1 draw at Stamford Bridge.

"Chelsea showed they can be 'beaten'," Ferguson reflected. "I take some encouragement from that."

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