February 20, 2018

It's Barcelona's turn to win, it's Messi's turn to shine


Barcelona return to Stamford Bridge, a stadium where they have failed to win since the 2005/06 season, when Lionel Messi was just 18 years old. After three fruitless visits to west London, Ernesto Valverde's men are hoping to set one foot in the quarter-finals.

The Champions League has pitted Chelsea against Barcelona once again. No love lost between both teams who are ready to renew hostilities in search of a place in the next round of the Champions League. An 18-year.old Lionel Messi showed his talents to the world the last time the Catalans clinched all three points at Stamford Bridge.

Since then, west London has been turbulent territory for Barcelona, who have claimed positive results despite not recording a win. Iniesta's late winner will live long in the memories of Barcelona fans while haunting those home supporters who suffered heartbreak in the dying minutes of the Champions League semi-final. But the Blues have exacted their revenge since the infamous defeat in 2009.

Before then, Didier Drogba silenced Barcelona in 2006, just one season after Messi's exhibition. Chelsea made up for that humiliating loss by setting a relentless pace from the off that Barcelona were unable to match.

That is exactly what Valverde's men require on Tuesday, among other factors. Antonio Conte's side will likely defend deep and look to stun the visitors on the counter. Willian and Pedro on the flanks, and Morata and Hazard in more central roles, have the ability to cause a lot of damage when given space to run. Umtiti and Pique will be tasked with trying to stop Chelsea from exercising their game plan.

Time to avenge the last defeat

Chelsea and Barcelona last met in 2012. The Blues, then managed by Roberto Di Matteo, beat the Catalans against all odds en route to lifting their only Champions League trophy. After many attempts over the years, Chelsea emerged victorious in the first leg thanks to a goal from Drogba.

Messi had the chance to become the hero in the return fixture but it was not to be. The Argentine hit the bar with a penalty and the unlikely figure of Fernando Torres landed the final blow. This season, the Champions League will not be won in London, but a win will lay the first stone to sealing a season that is already phenomenal for Valverde's side.

Barcelona return to Stamford Bridge, a stadium where they have failed to win since the 2005/06 season, when Lionel Messi was just 18 years old. After three fruitless visits to west London, Ernesto Valverde's men are hoping to set one foot in the quarter-finals.

The Champions League has pitted Chelsea against Barcelona once again. No love lost between both teams who are ready to renew hostilities in search of a place in the next round of the Champions League. An 18-year.old Lionel Messi showed his talents to the world the last time the Catalans clinched all three points at Stamford Bridge.

Since then, west London has been turbulent territory for Barcelona, who have claimed positive results despite not recording a win. Iniesta's late winner will live long in the memories of Barcelona fans while haunting those home supporters who suffered heartbreak in the dying minutes of the Champions League semi-final. But the Blues have exacted their revenge since the infamous defeat in 2009.

Before then, Didier Drogba silenced Barcelona in 2006, just one season after Messi's exhibition. Chelsea made up for that humiliating loss by setting a relentless pace from the off that Barcelona were unable to match.

That is exactly what Valverde's men require on Tuesday, among other factors. Antonio Conte's side will likely defend deep and look to stun the visitors on the counter. Willian and Pedro on the flanks, and Morata and Hazard in more central roles, have the ability to cause a lot of damage when given space to run. Umtiti and Pique will be tasked with trying to stop Chelsea from exercising their game plan.

Time to avenge the last defeat

Chelsea and Barcelona last met in 2012. The Blues, then managed by Roberto Di Matteo, beat the Catalans against all odds en route to lifting their only Champions League trophy. After many attempts over the years, Chelsea emerged victorious in the first leg thanks to a goal from Drogba.

Messi had the chance to become the hero in the return fixture but it was not to be. The Argentine hit the bar with a penalty and the unlikely figure of Fernando Torres landed the final blow. This season, the Champions League will not be won in London, but a win will lay the first stone to sealing a season that is already phenomenal for Valverde's side.