Chelsea vs Barcelona: Combined XI
Ahead of the Champions League clash between Chelsea and Barcelona on Tuesday night (20th February), we take a look at the players that are likely to feature in the marquee match-up between the titans.
The two giants will come up against each other in the 1st leg of the round of 16. Chelsea will fancy themselves at home, as the La Liga Champions travel to Stamford Bridge.
Our list of players to watch out for has been compiled in the form of a combined 11, comprising players from both sides.
The stats, surprisingly, favor the team from England. The two teams have come up against each other 12 times in Europe's top competition, with the South West London side winning 5, drawing 4 and losing 3. Antonio Conte will look to build on the record that Chelsea have against the team from Catalonia.
The two teams have had monumental clashes in the recent past in the Champion's League. One of the most talked about semi-finals in recent memory has to be the two legs played between the two in 2012.
Chelsea got the rub of the green in the second leg after Barcelona had scored through Sergio Busquets and Andres Iniesta, either side of John Terry's dismissal for violent conduct. Ramiries put the London side ahead on away goals after chipping the keeper to make it 2-2 on aggregate.
Earlier in the week, Fernando Torres, who went onto make it 2-3 on aggregate, had said "the best team does not always win". His words were prophetic for England's last men standing in Europe as they scrapped their way past the defending champions and into the final in Munich on 19 May. Before subsequently going on to beat Bayern on their home turf, to become Champions of Europe.
Sweet revenge for the 2009 heartbreak at the hands of the the Catalan club.
This is the combination of players we've come up with. Take a look.
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