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Guus Hiddink has put the nation on goal alert after predicting Chelsea and Barcelona could serve up another feast of football in the first leg of their Champions League semi-final at the Nou Camp on Tuesday.

Chelsea secured their semi-final spot 7-5 on aggregate after drawing 4-4 in the second leg of their quarter-final against Liverpool and Hiddink hinted there could be more exciting times ahead against Barca.

"I think both teams have a style to attack when they can," declared Hiddink. "Barcelona like to attack and Chelsea are not a team who have the strategy to sit back and wait until it happens."

He added: "The team have shown a lot of initiatives and that's why I think it is more or less an open clash, with two teams who like to go forward."

After their 4-4 draw with Liverpool, in which they had to fight back from being two goals down at the interval, Hiddink knows his side cannot afford to start in a sluggish fashion against Barcelona.

He continued: "It is the whole squad's responsibility to make sure we have a concentrated start.

"I have seen Barcelona play many times in the last weeks and also before.

"For a long time I have been a Barcelona admirer and an admirer of their philosophy.

"The players not only play for themselves but also a great club and they know it, in a side which is very attacking and attractive - it makes it typical of the Barca style."

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