Gerard Pique has admitted that he would like to see Chelsea win the Champions League this season if his own Barcelona side fail to do so.
The centre-back has had a glittering career at the Nou Camp, winning Europe's biggest prize twice amongst a host of other honours. Pique is keen to complete the hat-trick this season, but readily admits he is hoping Chelsea can come up with the goods if Barcelona can't.
He told Cadena Cope: "If Barca don't win the Champions League, then I hope Chelsea win. Cesc Fabregas plays there and he's my friend."
A close friendship
Pique and Fabregas grew up together through Barcelona's La Masia system but were separated when the midfielder moved to Arsenal. Pique joined Manchester United but both were eventually reunited in La Liga.
While Pique has been a key player for Barcelona since his return, Fabregas failed to convince fans of his ability and was frequently jeered by the Nou Camp faithful last season. He was sold to Chelsea this summer and has since proved to be a worthwhile addition.
Could Chelsea win it again?
Whether Fabregas could inspire Chelsea to a Champions League triumph is another thing altogether though. The are favourites to advance past Paris Saint-Germain and into the quarter-finals by the likes of Bayern Munich and Real Madrid will be a different challenge.
Chelsea have already showed signs of straining from a Premier League title fight and will have to keep up the pace if they are to fend off Manchester City. As the season wears on, Jose Mourinho will need a lot of luck to advance to the latter stages.
They famously won the trophy in 2012 but the campaign took its toll on their Premier League form. While they took home the European Cup, they finished way down in sixth place in the Premier League.
However, Mourinho is probably the best manager if you want to win the Champions League. He has already won it with two different clubs and would like nothing more than to bring it to Stamford Bridge.
Chelsea are currently fourth favourites with most bookies placing their chances at 7/1.
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