On Tuesday 20 February at 8:45 pm two European superpowers meet in London. The English champion Chelsea receives the leader from Spain, FC Barcelona. An eighth final to have a nice seat.
Messi is dry
Chelsea and Barcelona have a great history in the Champions League. Since 2005, the teams have faced each other ten times and a fascinating fight unfolded time and time again. Chelsea stepped out of the field three times, twice Barcelona proved to be the best and five times the fight ended undecided. Striking fact in these encounters; Lionel Messi never scored against Chelsea. This while the Argentinian with 17 goals in 16 games against English opponents can submit an incredible report. Messi will be eager to shoot his name in the books on Stamford Bridge.
Barcelona survived the group phase with old-fashioned ease. In group D with Juventus, Sporting CP and Olympiakos Piraeus the group profit was easily secured. With nine goals, the Catalans took it easy. Against Chelsea, the team of coach Ernesto Valverde will have to perform at the top of their ability to prevent an early elimination like last year in the quarterfinals. Barcelona will want to destroy the opponent with a lot of creativity and a high ball circulation. With players like Lionel Messi, Luis Suarez and Ivan Rakitic, the team has the qualities to overcome the tough English.
Hazard makes the difference Chelsea had more difficulty surviving the group stage of the champion ball. After a 3-3 draw at home against AS Roma and a 0-3 defeat in Rome, Chelsea eventually finished in second place in group C. With that, they managed to keep Atlético Madrid and Qarabag FK behind. The team of Antonio Conte is not only struggling at European level. Also in the competition the reigning English champion is one block behind Manchester City. Winning the Champions League silences the discussion about the position of the Italian in one fell swoop. One player of The Blues has the ability to steer his team to great form; Eden Hazard. He escapes the malaise through beautiful actions, goals and assists. For example, the Belgian was decisive in the group stage with, among other things, three goals and three assists, almost every match. Whether Chelsea is capable of putting the heat on Barcelona is largely in his hands.
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