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After the gigantic duel between Real Madrid and PSG, the clash between Chelsea and FC Barcelona is by far the biggest hit in the knockout round of the Champions League. Just in time for this important phase in the premier class Chelsea could report back to a small form low and now wants to pass against Messi and Co. The Catalans were a bit hard in the last few games, but for Barca it was usually enough to win.
Between the 24.01. and 05.02.2018 Chelsea FC completed four competitive games within thirteen days. Three of these four competitive games lost the blues. One of them was in the League Cup at Arsenal, so that Chelsea consequently adopted this contest. The other two bankruptcies came in the Premier League at home against Bournemouth with 0: 3 and immediately followed by Watford with 1: 4. Defeats against these opponents were not only surprising in the air, but ensured that Chelsea slipped to fourth place in the Premier League. The last game in the league Chelsea could again win sovereign 3-0 at home against taillight West Bromwich Albion. Nevertheless, the advantage over Tottenham in fifth place, which is only eligible for the Europa League, just a meager counter. But: Manchester United in second place is also only three points away.
Last Friday, Chelsea had to contend with Hull City from the Championship, the second-highest English league, in the knockout round of the FA Cup, and did not lose out in a 4-0 success. Already at halftime, this result was maintained. The match against FC Barcelona is the fifth home game in the last six fixtures of the blues. In the group stage of the Champions League Chelsea gave on the final day of the group victory from the hand. At home against Atletico Madrid, the Londoners did not get beyond a 1: 1. As AS Roma was successful at the same time against Qarabag Agdam and the Italians also won the direct comparison against Chelsea, attracted in the end, the Romans as group winners in the KO phase.
FC Barcelona celebrated at the weekend a rather lackluster victory in La Liga at the SD Eibar. In the end, Barca won 2: 0, with the second goal just two minutes from the end, at a time when Barcelona were already over twenty minutes in defeat. The shot ratio was even 13:10 in favor of Eibar. In the shootings, which were also really on the goal, Barcelona again had the lead with 6: 3 ahead. The performance of the Blaugrana joins in a now somewhat longer list of games in which the team around superstar Lionel Messi no longer seems as dominant as until mid-January this year. Especially in La Liga Barca did last difficult. A tight 2-1 home defeat against relegation defender Deportivo Alaves, who scored 1-0 in the 72nd minute, was followed by a 1-1 derby at Espanyol Barcelona and a disappointing 0-0 at home to Getafe CF , against which Barcelona had won the last two home games with 6: 0 respectively.
The two draws at Espanyol and Getafe have also ensured that the advantage of FC Barcelona at the top of the table has melted to “only” seven points. In the end, there should be no doubt that Barca will be Spanish champion this season. In the group stage of the Champions League, Barcelona had no trouble and prevailed against Juventus, Sporting Lisbon and Olympiakos Piraeus with four wins and two 0-0 in Piraeus and Turin by a winner. With nine goals in six group games Barcelona get relatively few hits. The Catalans conceded on the other hand, but only a single goal.
Chelsea vs Barcelona head to head matches
29.07.15 ICC Chelsea Barcelona 3 : 2 (2 : 2)
24.04.12 CL Barcelona Chelsea 2 : 2
18.04.12 CL Chelsea Barcelona 1 : 0
06.05.09 CL Chelsea Barcelona 1 : 1
28.04.09 CL Barcelona Chelsea 0 : 0