Lionel Messi will take on Chelsea in the Champions League on Tuesday knowing full well that his record against them is, frankly, terrible.
The five-time Ballon d’Or winner has played 655 minutes against the Blues - eight matches - without scoring, a miserable return.
Of course, it would surprise nobody if Messi goes on to score a hat-trick at Stamford Bridge. Bournemouth and Watford have recently put three and four goals respectively past Antonio Conte’s side.
But his struggles against them remain very interesting.
Indeed, a Chelsea fan has created a four-minute video that highlights Messi’s difficulties whenever he’s played against the west London outfit.
Watch: Messi's struggles vs Barcelona
Ter Stegen opened up on Messi in training
The 30-year-old has been in imperious form for Barcelona this season, scoring 27 goals in all competitions and firing the Blaugrana to first place in La Liga.
He may never have scored against them, but Chelsea must focus on thwarting Messi on Tuesday evening.
Barcelona goalkeeper Marc-Andre ter Stegen has given the Premier League club an idea of what to expect with a brilliant analysis of the forward in training.
The German shot-stopper has had three-and-a-half years to work Messi out, but he’s not even close.
"He is very intelligent and knows exactly where to put the ball," Ter Stegen said, per AS.
"Sometimes journalists say that goalkeepers can do a little more when they play against Messi, but I see it in every training: it does not matter where you place yourself, he's going to shoot to the other side.
"He's smart: many other players shoot just to shoot, or for taking the ball off, but he does not.
"He calculates it in a special way: sometimes he puts it so soft that it seems easy to stop it, but it is not."
All we can say is good luck, Thibaut Courtois.
Chelsea and Barcelona have staged some incredible ties in the Champions League in recent seasons and there’s a lot riding on this one, with Conte’s job under scrutiny.
Yet former Portugal international Deco, who appeared for both clubs in his career, doesn’t believe the outcome of the round-of-16 tie will decide the Italian manager’s future.
“Chelsea's history is not the same of other English teams, of course this will be a challenge.” Deco told Omnisport, per Goal. “To be defeated by Barcelona won't be a disaster.
“Of course, Chelsea wants to get through, but I don't think their manager's work will be evaluated by this.
“That's a problem [for] them and they know what to do."
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