Chelsea face the unenviable task of travelling to the Nou Camp to take on Barcelona this evening needing to protect their precious 1-0 lead from the first leg of their semi-final tie to progress to the Champions League final.
The Blues and Barca have established something of a modern rivalry over the past decade or so, going up against each other 11 times and playing out some of the most engrossing, dramatic and controversial games the Champions League has ever seen.
So do Chelsea face a mission impossible in going into the lion's den against the ‘greatest team of all time’ in the hope of securing the result they need to progress – or do the stats show that Roberto di Matteo’s men have a chance of succeeding?
GMF is here to bring you all the info you need ahead of the latest installment in the Chelsea/Barcelona saga.
1 – Barcelona have won just one of their last four home encounters against Chelsea, with their last three meetings at the Nou Camp ending in stalemates
0 – The amount of times Barcelona have lost three games in a row under Pep Guardiola
11 – Chelsea and Barcelona have met 11 times in European competition, with Chelsea winning four, Barcelona three and four draws.
12 – It has been almost 12 years since Barcelona lost back-to-back games in the Champions League, with Besiktas and AC Milan inflicting defeats on the Catalan club in September 2000.
3 – Barcelona haven’t drawn a blank at home since April 2009 – when they failed to find the back of the net against Chelsea
3 - Barcelona have now lost back-to-back games under Pep Guardiola three times.
6 – Chelsea are undefeated against Barcelona in their last six encounters.
2 – Lionel Messi has gone two games without scoring for the first time since October.
1 – Xavi has only completed the full 90 minutes once in his last seven games as he continues to struggle with injury.
7 – Messi hasn’t scored against Chelsea in seven attempts.
15 – If he does find the back of the net tonight however, Messi will take his tally to 15 in the Champions League this season, moving him clear as the highest ever goalscorer in a single European Cup/Champions League campaign.
15 – Barcelona have not lost a European fixture at the Nou Camp for 15 games – the last team to win there was Rubin Kazan in 2009.
12 - Since the start of the 2009 competition Barcelona have conceded just 12 goals in 19 Champions League games at the Nou Camp.
33 – Barcelona have scored 33 goals in the Champions League this season, ten more than Chelsea have managed.
7 – Seven players are in danger of missing the final if they pick up a booking – Carles Puyol, Javier Mascherano, David Luiz, Branislav Ivanovic, Ashley Cole, Ramires and Raul Meireles.
4 – Chelsea have won their last four Champions League encounters following the sacking of former boss Andre Villas-Boas
239 – The Nou Camp pitch is 239 square metres bigger than Stamford Bridge.
50/20 – Barcelona have won 50 percent of their Champions League semi-finals (six out of 12) while Chelsea have won just 20 percent of their last four encounters (one out of five).
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