Eidur plays down Blues rivalry
By Alex Livie. Last Updated: January 1, 1970 1:00am
Barcelona forward Eidur Gudjohnsen is looking forward to locking horns with Chelsea next week, but does not feel the intensity is as high as in previous years.
The two giants of European football have come across each other in the knockout stages of the UEFA Champions League in each of the last two years.
The contests have boiled over on occasions and expectation was raised again when the pair were drawn out of the hat together in Group A of this term's competition.
Chelsea snuffed out the threat carried by Barca's glittering array of attackers in impressive fashion last week, but Gudjohnsen felt the contest lacked the edge of previous seasons.
"It seems there is a mini rivalry going on," the Icelandic star told Sky Sports News. "Probably because in the last three years we have played against each other every year.
"But I did not feel the intensity and the same rivalry as in years before because it is not a game in which either side can go out of the competition."