Apr 23 2012 By Dan Levene
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THE LAST time Gary Cahill was at the Camp Nou, he was taking a stadium tour.
The Chelsea defender, likely to start as partner to John Terry at Barcelona's home on Tuesday night, says when he went on that boyhood trip he can never have imagined playing there as a pro.
“As a young boy when I was over there I went to the stadium,” he said. “But I've obviously not played there so it will be a new experience – if I'm selected.
“I didn't even get to watch (a game when last at Camp Nou). I just went when I was in the area on holiday, and I went to see the stadium. I just had a little look around.
“Obviously I've not (played) there, but the lads say the pitch is big, and you can see from the TV games what the atmosphere is like.”
Could he foresee that day as a boy that he would one day return in the second leg of a Champions League semi final? “Obviously not,” he says.
“It's amazing really. Sometimes you have to pinch yourself in your career. Obviously you want to play Premier League and you want to make these strides and play these games. It's fantastic.”
He says Chelsea will not be overawed by the occasion, having a team full of stars with experience of playing at the huge arena.
“We're going there with some fantastically experienced players who have won trophies year after year,” he said.
“You go in there with a strong squad, and with a squad that is in good form. But everyone in world football knows how good they are, especially at home. So it's going to be a tough ask for us.”