BREAKING NEWS: VERY SAD Chelsea News has been announced this morning as former Chelsea Player And Manager lost his life this morning after a brief Illness.

He died a Legend

A family statement read “We are totally devastated by the loss of a wonderful husband and father who passed away peacefully yesterday after a long illness”.

“We would ask that privacy be given at this incredibly sad time to allow us to mourn the loss of this lovely man who we were so lucky to have had in our lives.”

The League Managers’ Association said in a statement released shortly after that “The LMA is deeply saddened to hear of the passing of LMA member and former LMA president Terry Venables. Our thoughts are very much with Yvette and all of Terry’s family at this time.”

Venables had spells at Tottenham Hotspur, Barcelona and Leeds, as well as managing the Australian National Team and most notably he was in charge of England from 1994 to 1996, taking the team to the semi-finals of Euro 96 on home soil before losing to Germany on penalties.

What did Terry Venables die of?
Nothing is known at this time as to what Terry Venables died of, the simple information of ‘a long illness’ as published by the family is the only knowledge that has been made public at this time.

For the game, Barça boss Xavi has big squad decisions to make regarding various players who have either been injured and unavailable, or questionable in terms of match fitness.

How do things look for Barcelona? Will they qualify?
As things stand, Barcelona sit top of their group with 9 points from 4 games, having beaten Antwerp (5-0), Porto (0-1) and Shakhtar (2-1) before losing to the Ukrainians (1-0) ahead of the international break. In terms of the results on a screen, things look solid, but there is mere tracing paper covering the chasms that lie below: Barça’s lacklustre playing style and consequently Xavi’s future at the club have both been questioned in the swirling vortex of public opinion over the past few weeks and months, with the team winning yet failing to convince, something that Barcelona know is not an option.

Added to that is the fact that Porto, despite the seemingly promising position in which the Catalans find themselves, are level on points at the top of the group; things even look slightly unfair if we take the first game between the two into account, which was the slimmest of wins for Xavi. Barcelona have made a habit of finding late goals and winning by paper-thin margins this season, and Porto away was the perfect example of that.

Widening our gaze and taking in the group as a whole, if we assume that Antwerp will lose to Shakhtar, who impressed both home and away against the LaLiga title holders, that will put them on equal points with Barcelona should the Catalan side lose to Porto. A win for Barça takes the pressure off; anything other than that throws them into final day drama.

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