The draw for the UEFA Champions League Round of 16 is just around the corner with some mouth-watering fixtures hopefully being the outcome. With there being a third of a chance of Chelsea meeting Barcelona in this year's Champions League Round of 16, let us go down memory lane for the top 5 encounters between these two European heavyweights.
Chelsea and Barcelona have faced each other in the UCL 6 times playing out 12 dramatic and riveting matches. The first Champions League encounter between these sides came way back in the 1999-2000 season with the latest being the 2012 semi-finals, when Chelsea emerging victorious against all odds. In all, Chelsea have won 4 against Barcelona's 3 with 5 matches ending in a draw.
Let us hope for another two classic encounters if these two sides meet again this year.
#5 Champions League Group Stage 2006-07 (Nou Camp)
Both Chelsea and Barcelona were in the same group during the 2006-7 Champions League season. While the first meeting saw Chelsea hold out for a 1-0 victory at Stamford Bridge, thanks to a brilliant Drogba turn and shot from the edge of the box, the second fixture at the Nou Camp will forever be remembered for one of the best chipped goals ever scored.
Deco opened the scoring with a marvelous shot from outside the box to give Barcelona the lead. Essien and Ronaldinho went on to miss glorious chances for the game to remain 1-0 at half time. It was then time for a bit of magic when Lampard chased a ball destined for the byline, turned and looped a chip shot over Victor Valdes into goal from an almost impossible angle.
The game would have further drama when Eidur Gudjohnsen scored against his former team only for Didier Drogba to level the scores in the 90th minute. A fantastic end to a fantastic match that ended 2-2.