Many including Real Madrid manager Jose Mourinho have belittled Chelsea's chances of beating Barcelona in their Champions League semi-final tie. Unlike these critics, Essien is optimistic about his club's chances of finally recording a win over the Catalan side.
"We have played them a few times in the last eight years or so and they are definitely beatable, I have a feeling it's our time to get one over on them." he said.
The Ghanian still remembers the last time the Blues fell to Barcelona, and he believes they would have won had they took their chances.
"The last time we played them it was full of drama and had some superb football." he stated.
"That game had everything, including a couple of great goals; we had them where we wanted them, but failed to finish them off and paid the price."
The first leg of the Champions League semi-final between Barcelona and Chelsea is slatted to take place next Wednesday.