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Compilation video of Leo Messi v Chelsea shows just how badly he has struggled

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Lionel Messi's Barcelona visit Stamford Bridge on Tuesday night in the first leg of their Round of 16 Champions League meeting with Chelsea.

The Catalan giants beat Eibar 2-0 this weekend and currently lie seven points clear at the top of the La Liga table.

Meanwhile, fourth placed Chelsea have recovered from humiliating defeats against Bournemouth and Watford by thrashing Newcastle and Hull.

“We win together, we lose together,” said Eden Hazard ahead of Tuesday's game. “I don’t sense there’s any player who’s not with the coach.

“Everyone is behind him. All we want is to climb the table - and give everything against Barcelona."

Messi famously struck his penalty against the crossbar in their 2012 semi-final - but that is the closest he's come to scoring against Chelsea.

Four minutes of Leo Messi struggling v Chelsea

The 30-year-old Argentine is widely considered to be the best player on the planet - but he's consistently struggled when coming up against Chelsea.

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He's faced Chelsea eight times between 2006 and 2012 but, in 655 minutes, Messi has incredibly failed to find the back of the net.

“I hope we maintain this tradition but we are speaking about a fantastic player,” Antonio Conte said ahead of the last-16, first-leg Champions League game. “The most important thing is the present.

“We must have great respect but at the same time we must be excited to play this type of game and take on this type of challenge. It won’t be easy because we know very well this player, we are talking about one of the best in the world.”

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Messi hasn't won a game against Chelsea since he was a teenager in February 2006.

In the build-up to Tuesday's game, a Chelsea fan on YouTube has posted a video of Messi's struggles against the Premier League champions.

Watch the clip below. It starts at 0:20.

That could give Chelsea fans real hope - although they no longer have Czech goalkeeper Petr Cech between the sticks.

Messi broke his duck against Cech in a 2-0 Barcelona win over Arsenal in February 2016.

Arsenal FC v FC Barcelona - UEFA Champions League Round of 16: First Leg

Will he finally break his duck against Chelsea this week? Let us know what you think by leaving a comment below.

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