Gerard Pique has warned Barcelona that a bad result at Chelsea on Tuesday could ruin his club’s fine season.
Ernesto Valverde’s side are enjoying a brilliant campaign as they top La Liga by seven points and have already booked their place in the final of the Copa del Rey.
The team have also looked good in Europe so far, but Pique has warned his side they must return from London with a good result.
“Expectations are maximum. We go out as favourites, with a chance to win. I know the atmosphere is positive, very favourable, everything looks good, but I think we have to be more prudent,” he said.
”We have to learn from experience, what has happened in recent years and know that one bad day could see you knocked out of the Champions League.
”A bad result against Chelsea could turn the good season we are having into one that’s not so good.
”We know where we are, in La Liga and in the cup we’re in a good position, and now we have to do it in the Champions League.
”That’s why we will play Chelsea with the aim of getting a good result, to try to win to take the first step in this tie.”
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In contrast Chelsea have endured a pretty dismal defence of their title campaign and their inconsistent form has lead to pressure on coach Antonio Conte.
Yet the Blues remain a real threat, they took four points off Atletico Madrid in the group stages and have drawn at Liverpool and beaten Manchester United and Tottenham in the Premier League this season.