Chelsea Vs Barcelona : Team News, Match Preview , Predicted Line-up.By Ashwin Ponnusamy
December 17, 2018
Chelsea vs Barcelona
Can Messi put an end to his tradition of not scoring against Chelsea?
Most awaited fixture is on the track, just hours left. It’s Champions League time. Barcelona would go with everything they have got tonight. Though Barcelona has established total dominance in Spain they would really like to prove in Europe too. It’s been three years since Barcelona won their last champions league and the Catalans would really love to extend this brilliant season with a dominant performance in Champions League. Valverde will definitely try to turn around this season by winning Champions League which started terribly with a horrendous defeat at the Spanish Cup. Lionel Messi would be the man to watch out for. There is a lot of speculation going around and his tradition of not scoring against Chelsea could get on his nerve.
This fixture is no less important to Chelsea as well. Chelsea has no shot at winning the Premier League, so they have got their full focus on this fixture. Antonio Conte has said in his press meet
“We have been analyzing this team for a long time. We started one month ago and analyzed this team.
“We are speaking about one of the best teams in the world. We have to try to have the perfect game and to try to make the best decisions for this type of team.”
It’s going to be a scintillating 90 minutes of football at the Stamford Bridge. Barcelona travels to London with all the players available to witness the drama. No injuries on the Barca side. However, Coutinho misses the entire champions league this season and Semedo is suspended for yellow card accumulation.
Competition/Round: 2017-18 UEFA Champions League, Round of 16 1st leg
Chelsea injuries: Ross Barkley(hamstring), David Luiz (Doubtful), Tiémoué Bakayoko (Doubtful)
Date/Time: Tuesday, February 20th, 2018, 8.45pm CET/WAT (Barcelona & Nigeria), 7.45pm GMT (UK), 2.45pm EST, 1.15am IST (India)
Venue: Stamford Bridge, London, England.
Barcelona (4-4-2): Ter Stegen; Roberto, Piqué, Umtiti, Alba; Rakitic, Paulinho, Busquets, Iniesta; Messi, Suárez
Chelsea (3-4-3): Courtois; Azpilicueta, Christensen, Cahill; Moses, Kanté, Fàbregas, Alonso; Pedro, Morata, Hazard
CHELSEA 2- 2 BARCA