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Starting XI: Chelsea vs Barca

UEFA Champions League Starting XI: Chelsea vs FC Barcelona

By David Kappel - Feb 20, 2018 08:37 PM @kappilinho

When Chelsea host FC Barcelona in the UEFA Champions League tonight, all eyes will be on Lionel Messi, who has never scored against the Blues – here is how both teams will line up.

UEFA Champions League

Teams: Chelsea vs FC Barcelona

Date: 20 February 2018

Venue: Stamford Bridge

Time: 9.45pm

Read: Messi Sets Unwanted LaLiga Record

The Blues and the Catalan giants have already met 12 times in the Champions League, with five of the six double-legged clashes being in the knockout stages.

So far, Barcelona have progressed thrice and Chelsea twice, including in their latest contest in the semi-final in 2012, when the Blues beat the Blaugrana 3-2 on aggregate to progress to the final, where they beat Bayern Munich.

In addition, Chelsea boast a positive home record against the unbeaten LaLiga leaders, having won four games, while drawing one and losing just one.

While Barcelona are bidding to reach the quarter-finals for a record-breaking 11th consecutive year, Chelsea have only progressed from the Last 16 in one of the past five seasons.

All eyes will be on Messi, who has faced the Premier League champions eight times but is yet to score against them. The Argentine also failed to find the back of the net in his past five games for Barcelona, and has only three goals in the Champions League so far this season.

Read: Reports: Barca Superstar Considering Shock Move

Here’s how the two teams will line up:

Chelsea: Courtois, Rudiger, Alonso, Moses, Christensen, Azpilicueta, Fabregas, Kante, Pedro, Willian, Eden Hazard.

Barcelona: Ter Stegen; Sergi Roberto, Piqué, Umtiti, Jordi Alba; Rakitic, Busquets, Iniesta; Paulinho; Luis Suárez, Messi.

Who do you think will win this clash between Chelsea and Barca? Have your say in the comments section below.

 


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Skhokho-se-khosi Joined: 09 Jan 2018
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Skhokho-se-khosi Feb 20, 2018 10:38 PM
The tempo of the game is low bt at the end we are going to win this game
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DieHardFan Feb 20, 2018 10:35 PM
Willian is Chelsea's best attacking player. The guy is way too underrated
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Ntsimbi08 Feb 20, 2018 10:33 PM
when is this game starting kanti?
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pato Feb 20, 2018 10:33 PM
Only the king CR7 have scored against all the teams he have played against.....mr woodwork chasing shadows
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Stoany16 Feb 20, 2018 10:14 PM
Never lekker chasing like Chelsea is doing.Night izoba yinde la
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Ben_Stokes_101 Feb 20, 2018 09:49 PM
Iintsimbi zabelungu...
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clemz7 Feb 20, 2018 09:47 PM
Win for Barcaz
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Buccaneer 4 lyf Feb 20, 2018 09:28 PM
Barcowlona gonna abuse these helpless cows
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Buccaneer 4 lyf Feb 20, 2018 09:27 PM
Conte is drunk
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MakhiloBJ Feb 20, 2018 09:17 PM
Simply win for Chelsea
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NYEKES MASHISHI Feb 20, 2018 09:16 PM
mnnnh bàrcèlona all the way akere
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collsmas Feb 20, 2018 09:12 PM
The blues all the way to the final
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pato Feb 20, 2018 09:11 PM
Chelsea no striker????
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Golden Boots Feb 20, 2018 09:10 PM
Well well well, let's go. I'm far from impressed by the line-up but I'm behind the boys! Let's burn this bridge and come in a yacht!
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Matatasela_7 Feb 20, 2018 08:58 PM
Giroud???
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Bridgertte Layun. Feb 20, 2018 08:57 PM
The Blues
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Nelson <barça+kby> Feb 20, 2018 08:56 PM
Chelsea 0-3 Barcelona #go Messi go
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SL_hated_donkey Feb 20, 2018 08:52 PM
I don't trust Chelsea.
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Vamza Feb 20, 2018 08:51 PM
I go with chelsea
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truganjaman Feb 20, 2018 08:46 PM
Catalans...

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