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Chelsea vs. Barcelona: warranty for tension?

The two clubs know there in the Champions League is always the tension.

Lionel Messi and Danny Drinkwater, Chelsea – Barcelona (February 20, 2018) © Belga Image

‘We played almost the perfect race, but paid heavily for one mistake’, so is considered to be the Chelsea coach Antonio Conte, the first leg of his team against in the eighth finals of the Champions League against FC Barcelona (1-1). A quarter of an hour for time benefitted Lionel Messi of rare mistasten in the defence of the home team for the opening goal of the Brazilian William out of to sweep. Incidentally, it is only the first goal ever of the Argentine against the Blues.

By that tegengoal leaned the scales in favor of the visitors from Catalonia, but Chelsea can take courage from the first leg. Before the start of the diptych seemed however but little supporters to believe in the opportunities of the English – only fifth in the Premier League on 25 points from Manchester City – against the undefeated leader of the Spanish Primera Division.

Still, it would be the second leg on 14 march at the Nou Camp is still an exciting piece can be, and thus would the two clubs, their mutual history in the Champions League, where they meet all of twelve times before bekampten, respect. Overview.

In 2012 drew Chelsea after two duels, to the longest end in the semi-finals. The Blues had the first leg at home won with 1-0 and came in the second leg in Barcelona after a 2-0 gap and thus the virtual elimination (2-2). Fernando Torres sealed the fate of the Catalans:

Chelsea took this revenge for the lost semi-finals in 2009. When had Chelsea Barcelona at Camp Nou in a 0-0 to keep, but pushed the Catalans still after a true 1-1 draw in London, thanks to this hit of Andrès Iniesta barely two minutes for affluiten:

In the season 2005-2006 saw both teams together, such as now, already in the eighth finals. After a 1-2 victory for Barcelona in London, was in Camp Nou 1-1. Noteworthy: in 2012, 2009 and 2006, won the winner of the diptych every time also the Champions League.

A year earlier, in 2004-2005, was Chelsea too strong in the eighth finals, after a true spectacle. Barça had the first leg at the Nou Camp won with 2-1, but swallowed in the return in London four goals (4-2) although it is a 3-0 deficit to shrink to 3-2. The Blues would end up in the semi-finals to snag against the eventual winner Liverpool.

Also the first CL-confrontation, in the quarter-finals in 2000, was a doelpuntenfestival, with the necessary tension: 3-1 in London and 5-1 after renewals in Barcelona.

The only time that Chelsea and Barcelona are all in the group stage bumped into, was in the 2006-2007 season. The first leg in London ended at 1-0, the second leg in Barcelona at 2-2. Chelsea won the group and ended up in the end again against Liverpool in the semi-finals, while Barça after the eighth finals of the kampioenenbal had left.

In other words: look forward to march 14th!

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