Chelsea vs Barcelona: 5 memorable moments
As Chelsea and Barcelona prepare to meet again, we revisit some of the memorable moments from their past meetings
Come Tuesday, familiar foes Chelsea and Barcelona will lock horns once again as the second set of the round of 16 games in the Champions League get underway this week.
The European giants know each other pretty well, for they've met a total of 12 times since 2000. However, they haven't been pitted against each other since 2012. It would, therefore, be enticing to witness how the sides will fare given their transition over the years.
But first, let's take a trip down the memory lane and revisit the top five memorable moments produced in Chelsea vs Barcelona encounters in Europe.
#5 Figo and Rivaldo combine to produce a remarkable comeback with 5-1 Chelsea demolition
In the clash between the teams at Stamford Bridge in 2000, Chelsea claimed a 3-1 victory in the first leg, courtesy of a stunning double from Tore Andre Flo. Barcelona were left with a mountain to climb at home in the return leg but did possess the necessary tools to go the distance.
Rivaldo, Luis Figo and Garcia Daniel Dani each struck one goal apiece at Camp Nou to force the game into extra-time as Flo secured a vital away goal for Chelsea in the 3-1 defeat in full-time.
But a penalty from the Brazilian in added time quickly followed by a goal from Patrick Kluivert knocked the stuffing out of the Blues as Barcelona led 5-1 in the game and 6-4 on aggregate, which eventually proved enough to secure a passage into the next round.
This remarkable turnaround was just the start of a fascinating tale between the two European greats in the years to come.