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BARCA CAN'T HALT CHELSEA'S WINNING MAGIC -MIKEL

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John Mikel Obi has said Sunday's big cup win over London rivals, Spurs, has boosted Chelsea's morale for the Champions League semi-final against Barcelona. Chelsea will play host to the Champion, Barca, tomorrow in the first leg semi-final and the Nigerian midfielder said the resounding 5-1 win over Spurs at Wembley had only boosted the belief that his club can go past the Catalan giants to reach the final in Munich next month.

'We always have the game against Barcelona on our minds, but have tried not to dwell on it especially as we had games at hand, so that it won't distract us. Now, that we are done with those games, we are going all out for victory, said Mikel, who played the full 90 minutes as the Blues zoomed past Spurs in style.

'We have the confidence that we can win, but our victory over Tottenham has increased our confidence as the mood in camp is higher than ever before. I see us beating them.'

The Nigeria international insisted that despite World Footballer of the Year, Lionel Messi, being in the form of his life, Barcelona is far from being a one-man band.

Whenever people talk about Barcelona, they always say Messi, he is the world best, no doubt, but Barcelona is not about him, it has a good team with good players, so too is Chelsea,' Mikel said.

We are ready for Barcelona. It has lost games this season, so it will lose this one also.

The last time both teams clashed at this stage of the competition, Barcelona went through on the away goals rule.

The first match at Camp Nou finished 0-0, before the Spanish giants rallied to a 1-1 draw at Stamford Bridge under very controversial circumstances three seasons ago.