A meeting between Chelsea and Barcelona in the Champions League is not normally a dull affair.
From Fernando Torres’s ability to withdraw vocal irregularities from Gary Neville’s throat six years ago to Andres Iniesta’s stunning late equaliser on a highly-charged semi-final night in 2009, Chelsea against Barcelona has become an iconic Champions League face-off.
They meet at the Bridge in the Round of 16 with Barcelona flying in La Liga, a comfortable 17 points clear of rivals Real Madrid, while the English champions find themselves well adrift from leaders Manchester City, and embroiled in speculation regarding the future of their manager Antonio Conte.
With the shadow of Neymar long-gone in Cataluna and Chelsea desperately seeking some non-Bakayoko induced headlines, this Champions League clash promises to be another tie to remember.
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What time does it start?
Kick-off is at 7.45pm , on Tuesday February 20.
Where can I watch it?
The match will be broadcast live on BT Sport 2 and BT Sport 4K UHD.
It’s a big game for…
Antonio Conte. It has been a difficult few weeks for Antonio Conte. After not-to-subtle remarks regarding his limited influence on transfers, the Italian has presided over a malaise in form that was compounded by a heavy defeat to Watford two weeks ago. With rumours rising apace regarding his future, success against Barcelona will take the pressure off, for now.
Lionel Messi doesn’t normally have too many issues in front of goal but he does against the Blues. The Argentine magician has yet to score against the West London club in his last eight attempts. He will hope to change that on Tuesday.
Andres Iniesta silences Stamford Bridge with a late equaliser to dump Jose Mourinho’s side out of the tournament on away goals.
Player to watch
Eden Hazard. There will be a plethora of stars on show at the Bridge but its Chelsea’s most valuable asset who will be in the spotlight on Tuesday night. With Alvaro Morata inconsistent in front of goal the Blues have come to rely on their Belgian talisman more than ever. Against a Barcelona side who are known under Ernesto Valverde for being just as formidable defensively as they are going forward, the Blues will need him at his best if they hope to progress.
Barcelona 2 (Busquets, Iniesta) Chelsea 2 (Ramires, Torres), Champions League Semi-Final, April 2012
Chelsea 1 (Drogba) Barcelona 0, Champions League Semi-Final, April 2012
Chelsea 1 (Essien) Barcelona 1 (Iniesta), Champions League Semi-Final, May 2009