Can Chelsea Topple Barca?

Ahead of the return leg in the Last 16 stage of the Champions League, the question is if Antonio Conte’s Chelsea can shock their hosts Barcelona. The Catalan side is good defensively and their attacking prowess remains unrivalled. They face a Chelsea side that believes in their edge historically over them.

Both sides met first in the continental tournament in the year 2000. Since them the Blues have won four times and played five draws against Barca. And their confidence in this history was evident in the first leg where they put up a spirited performance against the La Liga side.

VALDES ON BARCELONA'S TITLE CHANCES

Former Barcelona goalkeeper Victor Valdes believes that the Spanish giant can win the title this season. H said that they have already made a good start to the season and that there is no reason why they will not continue their current form.

He believes that the departure of Neymar has not affected the team a lot and that the players have managed to improve collectively since the departure of the Brazilian forward. He admitted that the Brazilian player was an important member of the team and that they relied a lot on him to create danger in the opposition half.

VICTOR VALDES RETIRES FROM FOOTBALL

Former Barcelona and Manchester United shot stopper Victor Valdes has retired from professional football, according to reports.

The 35-year old exited Middlesbrough following their relegation from the Premier League last term. While there were reported interests from Las Palmas, Deportivo La Coruna and even Real Betis, the ex-Spain international opted to turn them all down.

El MundoDeportivo reported that the player was tired of trying so he hung his boots. ESPN claimed to have reached out to the player’s agent Gines Carvajal who refused to deny or confirm the report.
Valdes was in the news recently for launching an international production company Crazy4fun TV. The company has bases in Barcelona, London and Aby Dhabi. Rumours have it that it would be his retirement plan as he desires to end his goal manning career.

Victor Valdes is no longer a player; he has turned into a TV producer

Victor Valdes opted to take a huge change in his life as he hung up his playing boots, or in this case, his gloves after rejecting the chance to perform with Sporting Lisbon and Deportivo.

Instead of playing, the former Barcelona player decided to launch a TV production company and even his own television show where he is expected to interview many of his former teammates.

BORO WANT RANDOLPH AS VALDES’ REPLACEMENT

Championship side Middlesbrough are set to make West Ham United goalie Darren Randolph the replacement for former Barcelona shot stopper Victor Valdes.

Boro have reportedly made a bid of £5 million for the Republic of Ireland international.

Former Manchester City keeper Joe Hart is set to make a return to the Premier League to feature for West Ham. The Hammers are expected to offload Randolph or Adrian this summer so Boro are positioning to take advantage.

VALDES LINKED TO MANY SIDES AFTER BORO EXIT

Former Barcelona goalie Victor Valdes has been linked with numerous football sides following his exit from Middlesbrough this season.

Boro were relegated back to the Championship after an underwhelming season. Valdes had agreed a two year deal with the club when they were promoted but he agreed to cancel the remaining 12 months deal upon relegation.

Is it time to drop Valdes from the starting lineup of Middlesbrough ?

So far, at the time of writing this article, Middlesbrough has played 2 competitive matches which were against Leicester City and Sheffield Wednesday FC.

Middlesbrough had to settle with a goal-less draw against Leicester City but they managed to overcome Sheffield with a convincing 3-0 triumph.

Victor Valdes is trying to revive his career with Middlesbrough

Ever since Victor Valdes ended his playing career with Barcelona on October of 2014, the Spanish shot-stopper has struggled to find a club where he can get consistent playing time and become a regular starter.

Injuries have been one of the factors that have seriously hampered the career of Victor Valdes as he has had to spend a significantly long period of time trying to get fit after having torn his anterior cruciate ligament which he picked up in Barcelona.

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