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Barcelona v Chelsea: Match preview
Chelsea and Barcelona have built a mesmerising rivalry in recent campaigns and we’re set for the 14th instalment since 2000 on Wednesday at the Nou Camp.
Their duels have been packed with drama, glorious goals and a plethora of memorable moments.
Last month Lionel Messi’s first ever goal against the Blues cancelled out Willian’s strike at Stamford Bridge to edge to the last-16 clash in their favour.
The La Liga leaders extended their unbeaten domestic run to 35 league games with victory at Malaga at the weekend, having also ousted Atletico Madrid since the first leg.
Chelsea haven’t basked in the best preparation for heading to the Nou Camp, with defeats at the hands of Manchester United and Manchester City, before returning to winning ways against Crystal Palace on Saturday.
Knowing the gravitas of the task facing his side on Wednesday, Chelsea manager Antonio Conte insists the whole squad collective must be prepared for the trip.
“I think sometimes it is important also to share the responsibility with the players who will be playing when you have to prepare this type of game,” explained the Italian.
“Of course, every game I have to pick the starting XI, but sometimes in this type of game it is more important to involve totally the players and then to listen, because this game seems so close, and we have to try to have the best plan for the game against Barcelona.”
There will be few surprises at the Nou Camp, with Barcelona looking to dictate play with the majority of possession.
However, despite Barcelona’s superiority on home turf, Chelsea are undefeated in their past eight Champions League matches against the Catalan giants with a two-win, six-draw record.
The last four Chelsea visits to Barcelona have ended level, exemplifying how finely poised this encounter is ahead of kick-off.
Former Barcelona midfielder Cesc Fabregas has a unique perspective from within the Chelsea ranks and is adamant that his current side can prevail.
"It's difficult as the Camp Nou is very big and you have to run a lot, but we'll work together. The key is to take advantage of our opportunities, we have to play our game but do damage when possible,” Fabregas told Marca. “I've never trained tactically as much as I have at Chelsea and it shows on the pitch, it's demanding but we end up benefitting from it."
Former Borussia Dortmund prodigy Ousmane Dembele is finally motoring out in Spain and he will look to cause havoc alongside Messi, Luis Suarez and Philippe Coutinho.
What a task for Chelsea to face that quartet.
It’s certainly a game Eden Hazard simply has to shine in to help orchestrate the Chelsea counters.
They have to be brave, they have to draw on their previous heroic performances against Barca and as Fabregas reveals, Conte will have his men tactically in tune.
Either way, it’s set to be another absorbing night with these two European powerhouses
Barcelona v Chelsea: Team news
The hosts will wait to see the results of a late fitness test for instrumental midfielder Andres Iniesta, who has been sidelined by a hamstring problem. Whilst Chelsea have Antonio Rudiger back within their ranks and have no other injury concerns for the Nou Camp clash.
Barcelona v Chelsea: Head to head
Last month’s 1-1 first-leg draw at Stamford Bridge was a sixth in the 16 all-time meetings between the sides, with both having five wins apiece.
Previous five meetings:
|20/02/18||Champions League L16||Chelsea 1-1 Barcelona||Willian; Messi|
|24/04/12||Champions League SF||Barcelona 2-2 Chelsea||Busquets, Iniesta; Ramires, Torres|
|18/04/12||Champions League SF||Chelsea 1-0 Barcelona||Drogba|
|06/05/09||Champions League SF||Chelsea 1-1 Barcelona||Essien, Iniesta|
|28/04/09||Champions League SF||Barcelona 0-0 Chelsea|
Barcelona v Chelsea: Key statistics
68% of away sides to draw the first leg of a Champions League knockout tie 1-1 progress to the next round (23/34).
This will be the 14th meeting between these sides in the Champions League – only two fixtures have been played more often in the competition (Bayern v Real Madrid 18, Barcelona v Milan 15).
Six of the 13 previous meetings have ended in draws (46%) – of all fixtures to have been played at least 10 times, only Chelsea vs Liverpool has ended level more often (50% - 5/10).
Chelsea are unbeaten in their last eight Champions League games against Barcelona (W2 D6), with their last four visits to Camp Nou ending level.
Chelsea have been shown four red cards in Champions League games against Barcelona, accounting for 33% of their total red cards in the competition (4/12).
Barcelona have only lost four of their 39 Champions League knockout games at home (W25 D10), with Liverpool the only English team to win there (2-1 in February 2007).
Chelsea have already won at Atletico Madrid this season – they could become only the third team to win away at two Spanish clubs in the same Champions League campaign after AC Milan (vs Barcelona and Deportivo in 2000-01) and Roma (vs Real Madrid and Valencia in 2002-03).
Barcelona have won 23 Champions League games against English clubs, more than any other side in the competition.
Six of Willian’s nine Champions League goals for Chelsea have been from outside the box. Since he joined the Blues in 2013, he’s scored more from distance than any other player in the competition.
Lionel Messi scored his first ever Champions League goal against Chelsea at the ninth time of asking in the first leg. He’s scored more goals vs English clubs than any other player in the competition (18).
Luis Suarez has failed to score in the last 881 minutes of play in the Champions League, his longest drought in the competition. His last goal came back in March 2017 against Paris SG.
Eden Hazard has set up his teammates for a shot on 23 occasions in the Champions League this season, the joint-most alongside Neymar.
Barcelona v Chelsea: Match odds
Barcelona to advance: 2/9
Chelsea to advance: 3/1
All odds correct at time of writing with William Hill
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