Chelsea and Barcelona face each other for the 13th time in the Champions League here tonight – and Stamford Bridge already has that buzz that signals a special night. Some of Barcelona’s players have already been out for a pre-match walkabout and the stadium is a hive of actiivity inside and out.
Chelsea manager Antonio Conte has admitted to sleepless nights trying to fashion a plan to combat the likes of Lionel Messi and Luis Suarez. We will soon find out if he has been successful.
Welcome to Stamford Bridge for tonight’s last-16 first leg semi-final between Chelsea and Barcelona in the Champions League. Chelsea haven’t been in the best of form, winning just four of their last 12 matches. By contrast Barcelona are unbeaten in La Liga and lead Aletico Madrid by seven points. The good news for Chelsea is that Lionel Messi has never scored against them (eight games) and he hasn’t scored against Thibaut Courtois in five years either.
The way he is playing you suspect that record might be broken. Messi’s first game against Chelsea was in Febraury 2006 and that was the last time Barca beat Chelsea.