Chelsea vs Barcelona: Champions League round of 16, first leg – LIVE!

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.

Follow the game below with our live blog:

Live Updates

Chelsea 0-0 Barcelona


47: Barcelona have dominated the ball in the same way they did at the beginning of the first half. Andres Iniesta loses his patience and tries a long range shot which he slices wide with his left foot. 

Chelsea 0-0 Barcelona


46: We’re back underway. Neither side make any changes at the break. 

Chelsea 0-0 Barcelona


Luis Suarez’s wait continues, he can’t have touched the ball too many times in that half.


Chelsea 0-0 Barcelona


I said earlier that it looked like Antonio Conte may have got his selection wrong by not starting either Olivier Giroud and Alvaro Morata. Eden Hazard is playing as a number nine and has not been able to influence this game.


Chelsea are compact, threatening on the break and Willian has hit the post twice. You have to say that Chelsea look the side most likely to score, so I guess Conte may be on to something.


Chelsea 0-0 Barcelona


Willian has twice hit the post for Chelsea who have only seen 25 per cent of possession. Barcelona have settled into a passing rhythm but have not got out of second gear and have not hit the target with any of their three shots.


Chelsea 0-0 Barcelona 


Half Time



Bayern Munich 1-0 Besiktas


45+1: Thomas Muller has put Bayern Munich in front against ten-man Besiktas. 

Chelsea 0-0 Barcelona


42: Chelsea win a free kick and float a ball into the box from deep with Barcelona clear to the edge of the box. Eden Hazard is there and on the volley, fires an effort well over. 

Chelsea 0-0 Barcelona


40: Willian hits the post again! Antonio Conte and most around Stamford Bridge cannot believe it. He again finds space of the edge of the box and this times whips a shot towards the left post. His slow-rising strike is hit clean and bounces off the post and away.

Chelsea 0-0 Barcelona


36: Jordi Alba wins a corner off Victor Moses which is this time crossed into the box. Ivan Rakitic’s ball into the box is met by Gerard Pique who is tussling with Antonio Rudiger and heads wide.

Chelsea 0-0 Barcelona


33: Chelsea hit the post! Willian receives the ball from Eden Hazard and touches the ball into a central area on the edge of the box then curls an effort towards goal which cannons off the post. Marc Andre ter Stegen was rooted in goal. 

Chelsea 0-0 Barcelona


30: Marcos Alonso curls the free kick over the wall but Marc Andre ter Stegen is well placed to deal with the effort which was not hit with the necessary power to take it beyond the goalkeeper. 


Chelsea 0-0 Barcelona


27: Samuel Umtiti goes down holding his face and I’m not too sure why. Meanwhile Willian bursts forward for Chelsea and draws a foul from Ivan Rakitic who collects a yellow card because the Chelsea winger was advancing into a good area.

Chelsea 0-0 Barcelona


Well he’s certainly overworked in the midfield.



Chelsea 0-0 Barcelona


22: You fear that Antonio Conte may not have called this right. Chelsea are hopeless when trying to get the ball beyond the halfway line because they have no focal point to aim for and nobody to hold up the ball.


Eden Hazard is playing as a false nine but is drifting into wide areas which means options on the ball are really limited and Barcelona are pressing with ease.


Chelsea 0-0 Barcelona


21: Andreas Christensen gets caught in two minds and plays a wayward pass out for a corner. Barcelona work a short corner and fire a cross into the box which Victor Moses scrambles away. 

Chelsea 0-0 Barcelona


18: Barcelona are really starting to strut their stuff here but it is all in fairly harmless areas. The danger for Chelsea is they know their opponents can go from 0-100 in seconds.



Bayern Munich 0-0 Besiktas


Meanwhile in German, Besiktas defender Domagoj Vida brings down Robert Lewandowski who is through on goal and is given a red card 

Chelsea 0-0 Barcelona


15: From the left Lionel Messi clips a ball to Paulinho and he tries to head the ball across the goalkeeper but misses the target. 


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.  

Best stat… 

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.

Remember when… 

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.

Past three-meetings

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

Form Guide

Chelsea: WWLLW

Barcelona: WDWDW


Chelsea: 11/4

Barcelona: 7/6

Draw: 5/2

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