In his weekly column for The Telegraph, Hansen argued that Mascherano is a 'weak link at the back' for 'vulnerable' Barcelona, and urged Chelsea to target him during tomorrow's crucial game. He observed:
"Barcelona are such a good team that he has managed to get away with it [defensive frailty] until now. Mascherano’s lack of defensive know-how [last week] resulted in him in virtually holding hands with Carles Puyol before Ramires crossed for Didier Drogba to score. As a result, he couldn’t adjust his feet quickly enough to get himself back into position".
"He almost gifted Chelsea an opening goal from their first throw-in last week when he failed to deal with Branislav Ivanovic and his presence will not help the Barcelona back four build a sense of assurance.
"When he was at Liverpool, Mascherano was always impulsive and...but you cannot play like that as a centre-half. Because of his impulsiveness, he is the kind of defender that will give away penalties, so Chelsea can have success if they pinpoint him again on Tuesday".
Having watched the game, I have to agree with Hansen; Mascherano looked uncomfortable at times against Chelsea, but that may not necessarily replicate itself on home turf.
Barcelona have lost only once at home this season (in all competitions), and given their amazing goalscoring record, I think Chelsea could be on the receiving end of a real battering, which will hopefully destroy their confidence ahead of the FA Cup final :-)