Chelsea face a huge test in the Champions League tonight in the form of Barcelona, and while Antonio Conte will be desperate for his side not to concede any away goals, he’ll also know how important it is for the Blues to enter the second leg at the Nou Camp with a few strikes under their belt as well – it’s incredibly rare for the Catalans not to score on their own patch, so heading there with a goal surplus by exploiting tonight’s home advantage is vital.
Accordingly, the Italian has a big decision to make regarding who leads the line for the Blues against the Spanish giants. Club-record striker signing Alvaro Morata is available again and has regained some fitness following a lengthy injury layoff.
But January arrival Olivier Giroud has hit the ground running; the 69-cap international grabbed an assist upon his first start for the west Londoners and followed up with a goal and two setups last time out against Hull City.
And Football FanCast’s recent poll shows how difficult that decision will be for Conte. We asked Chelsea fans who should start up front against Barcelona and it appears Blues supporters are incredibly divided. While 48% believe Giroud deserves to keep his place for the weekend, 52% want to see Morata return to the starting XI to take on the bitter rivals of his boyhood club, Real Madrid.
Check out which striker the FFC writers would start tonight by clicking here.