Messi's Courtois hoodoo, Arthur close to Barca, Real's turnaround — Spanish Paper Roundup

Messi's Courtois hoodoo, Arthur close to Barca, Real's turnaround — Spanish Paper Roundup

Messi's Courtois hoodoo, Arthur close to Barca, Real's turnaround — Spanish Paper Roundup

Chelsea will be at home for the first leg of the tie and as a result, it is very important that Conte and his team wins this game. "Special for me, and something to tell my sons in the future because, probably, he'll be considered the best in history".

The most recent meeting came during the 2011/12 season when Chelsea edged a dramatic semi-final 3-2 on aggregate on their way to winning the Champions League for the first time.

To progress against arguably the best side in Europe will undoubtedly be a tough ask but we've done it before and as Eden Hazard said in December ahead of the draw: 'We are Chelsea.

"Messi has the capacity to solve the situation". In every game they are able to create many chances. For this type of team. they have fantastic characteristics with the ball.

Barcelona brought it back to 4-4 on aggregate with a Ronaldinho scoring a penalty, followed by his barely-believable 'toe-poke' strike.

"It's everyone's dream to play for these clubs".

"He will be the biggest threat, which just shows how powerful he is".

Not even Dembele's team-mates know what he'll do next, never mind the opposition, and although he will almost certainly be restricted to the bench at Stamford Bridge, he remains a tantalising option to provide a dynamic attacking spark - if it is needed. For all Gary Cahill has done for the club, the captain has not impressed of late.

Chelsea lost their EFL Cup semi-final against Arsenal in January followed by Premier League defeats by Bournemouth and Watford.

Since 2006, Chelsea and Barcelona have played each other EIGHT times in the Champions League - with four of these encounters ending in a draw.

Lionel Messi is the main reason why Barcelona are where they are.

The Brazilian attacker is a firm favourite amongst Chelsea FC fans but Willian has struggled to hold down a regular spot in the first team at Stamford Bridge under Antonio Conte this season.

"They have been better in the last two games".

(3-4-3) Courtois; Rudiger, Christensen, Azpilicueta; Alonso, Kante, Fabregas, Zappacosta; Hazard, Giroud, Pedro.

On paper, Bayern Munich has to be considered the favourite in this one.

Chelsea legend Frank Lampard has been previewing the Blues' Champions League clash with Barcelona.

Kick-off is at 21:45 (SA time).

"I remember it all because it was such a sad day for Barcelona and for all of us".

That is an indication that Barcelona are worried about the mileage on key players' clocks.

Serio Busquets, Ivan Rakitic and Andres Iniesta are also in midfield, with Sergi Roberto, Gerard Pique, Samuel Umtiti and Jordi Alba in defence and Marc-Andre ter Stegen in goal.

The Spanish giants are seven points clear at the top of La Liga and 31 games unbeaten in the league.

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