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Chelsea v Barcelona

Uefa Champions League, Semi-final second leg
Venue: Stamford Bridge Date: Wednesday, 6 May Kick-off: 1945 BST
Coverage: Live commentary on BBC Radio 5 Live with live text commentary on the BBC Sport website; Full commentary on BBC London 94.9 FM, DAB & online; Live on Sky Sports

Chelsea's Nicolas Anelka
Nicolas Anelka is set to return to the Chelsea bench with Barcelona visiting

Chelsea could drop striker Nicolas Anelka back to the bench for their Champions League semi-final second leg against Barcelona on Wednesday.

Michael Ballack will return after being rested and Ashley Cole is back after being banned for the 0-0 first leg tie.

Barcelona's Thierry Henry sat out a training session on Monday with a knee problem and he is a doubt to recover in time to play at Stamford Bridge.

Barca are without the suspended Carles Puyol and the injured Rafael Marquez.

Uruguayan Martin Caceres could partner former Manchester United star Gerard Pique at the heart of Barca's defence.


Coach Pep Guardiola's other options include playing left-back Eric Abidal or midfielder Yaya Toure at the back.

Chelsea are set to revert back to their favoured 4-3-3 formation after experimenting with 4-4-2 in the 3-1 home win over Fulham on Saturday.

The Blues are still without Portuguese duo Deco and Ricardo Carvalho, as they are both struggling with hamstring problems.

Alex tweaked a groin against Fulham on Saturday but he will recover in time to play, though Joe Cole and Paolo Ferreira will both miss the rest of the season.

Chelsea (from): Cech, Hilario, Belletti, Bosingwa, A Cole, Terry, Alex, Ivanovic, Lampard, Obi, Ballack, Essien, Kalou, Malouda, Drogba, Anelka, Stoch, Di Santo, Mancienne.

Barcelona (from): Victor Valdes, Pinto, Jorquera, Victor Sanchez, Caceres, Pique, Daniel Alves, Abidal, Sylvinho, Busquets, Iniesta, Hleb, Keita, Toure, Xavi, Eto'o, Messi, Henry, Gudjohnsen, Krkic, Pedro.


FC Barcelona and Chelsea are playing against each other for the 10th time in the Champions League.

They also met in the semi-finals of the 1965-66 Fairs Cup. Barca proceeded to the final after a 5-0 win in the decisive match at home. Both clubs had won their regular home ties 2-0.

In total, Barcelona have won five of the 12 matches played against Chelsea with the Londoners winning four.

Both clubs have progressed twice in their four previous knock-out match-ups in the CL.

Barcelona have failed to beat Chelsea in their last four matches. This is their joint longest current winless run against a club in the Champions League/Champions Cup. They have also not won in their last four matches against Manchester United.

Barca's last win against Chelsea was on 22 February 2006; 1-2 at Stamford Bridge. This is Chelsea's only home defeat in 11 matches against Spanish clubs; seven of those matches have been won.

Chelsea's last two home matches against Spanish clubs resulted in draws, 1-1 and 0-0, both against Valencia.

Barcelona have lost 15 of their 29 away matches against English clubs. They have won six and drawn eight. Their last win on English soil was on 6 March 2007, at Liverpool (0-1).

In the last four CL seasons Barcelona have been eliminated by Chelsea (2004-05), Liverpool (2006-07) and Manchester United (2007-08). In the 2005-06 season they won the CL final against Arsenal 2-1.

In the 2-2 draw between Barcelona and Chelsea on 31 October 2006, 10 players received a yellow card. The record number of yellow cards in a CL match is 11.



Reached the semi-finals of the CL for the third consecutive season and the fifth time in the last six seasons.

Have a 66.8% chance of progressing after their 0-0 away leg with FC Barcelona, taking into account all 0-0 first leg results in European competition.

Have successfully negotiated the only CL knock-out-round in which they started with a 0-0 away draw in the first leg. In the 2007-08 CL season they drew 0-0 at Olympiacos before winning 3-0 at home in the last 16.

Not lost any of their last 17 home matches in the CL. Their last defeat was the match against Barcelona on 22 February 2006 (1-2).


Reached the CL semi-finals for a record equalling sixth time and for the second time in succession.

Can suffer their 100th defeat in all European competitions (won 238, drawn 101, lost 99).

Have a 33.2% chance of progressing after their 0-0 home leg with Chelsea, taking into account all 0-0 first leg results in European competition.

Last season they were eliminated by Manchester United after drawing 0-0 at home and losing 1-0 away in the first leg of the CL semi-finals.

They have not lost their last five CL away matches.

Two goals shy of Real Madrid's record total of 850 scored in all European competitions.


Didier DROGBA received a red card in Barcelona's 2-1 win over Chelsea in the first leg of the last 16 tie in 2004-05.

Frank LAMPARD has five assists this CL season.

BELLETTI (2004-2007) and DECO (2004-2008) won the Champions League with FC Barcelona. Ricardo QUARESMA (2003-04) also played for the Spanish club.

Petr CECH and Nicolas ANELKA have played in all of Chelsea's 11 CL matches this season.

Ashley COLE returns from suspension. ANELKA, Michael BALLACK and ALEX will be suspended if booked.

Barcelona's Lionel MESSI is the top scorer in this season's Champions League with eight goals from 10 matches.

With six assists, XAVI is joint assist leader this CL season together with Bayern Munich's Franck RIBERY.

Eidur GUDJOHNSEN played for Chelsea from 2000 until 2006. He played four matches against Barcelona as a Chelsea player and scored once, on 8 March 2005. That was in a 4-2 win at Stamford Bridge.

Dani ALVES will celebrate his 26th birthday on the day of the match.

Carles PUYOL is suspended. ALVES and Sergio BUSQUETS will face suspension if booked.


Barcelona's coach Josep Guardiola played for Barcelona in their 5-1 win against Chelsea after extra time in the 1999-2000 quarter-finals after losing the away match 3-1 in London.

FC Barcelona are on a CL record running streak of 104 CL matches without receiving a red card. The last Barca player to be sent off in a CL match was current coach Josep Guardiola in the away match against Brondby on 9 December 1998.

Definitions of terms used:-

Champions League (CL) - only group phase matches and beyond of this competition which began in 1992-93.
Champions Cup/Champions League - all matches played since it began in 1955-56 including qualification matches.
European matches - all matches played in the major European tournaments (Fairs Cup, Uefa Cup, Cup Winners' Cup, Champions Cup, Champions League).
Uefa Super Cups, Intertoto Cups and the old Intercontinental Cup competition are excluded.

Big Match Stats source: Infostrada Sports

see also
Henry turns focus to Chelsea tie
03 May 09 |  Europe
Superb Barca destroy rivals Real
02 May 09 |  Europe
Real v Barca as it happened
02 May 09 |  Europe
Hiddink pays tribute to defence
28 Apr 09 |  Europe
Barcelona 0-0 Chelsea
28 Apr 09 |  Europe

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