When Chelsea host Barcelona in the first leg of their last-16 Champions League tie, it will be the 16th time the two teams have faced each other in Europe.
Barca’s star man, Lionel Messi has made a habit of scoring against English teams too. He’s bagged a hat-trick against Manchester City, scored four goals in one game against Arsenal and found the back of the net in two separate Champions League final appearances against Manchester United.
Messi has not always had it his own way against Chelsea though and with a 16th encounter looming large, Genting Bet has put together a list of 16 big stats to keep in mind ahead of their Champions League showdown. Let’s begin…
0 – Goals scored by Lionel Messi in eight games against Chelsea (despite scoring 17 goals in 16 fixtures against Premier League teams)
1 – Barcelona have won just once at Stamford Bridge – a 2-1 victory back in February 2006 which came via a John Terry own goal and a winner from Samuel Eto’o.
2 – Two red cards have been dished out in two out of last three meetings – to John Terry and Eric Abidal.
3 – The top scoring honour in this fixture is shared between five players, with three goals each
4 – The number of Chelsea penalty appeals turned down during controversial 2008-09 semi-final.
5 – The number of years since Chelsea and Barcelona last met – back when Pep Guardiola was in charge at the Nou Camp.
6 – Barcelona has progressed from six of their last seven Champions League knockout ties against English opposition. Chelsea were the one exception in 2012.
7 – Chelsea are unbeaten in last seven games against Barcelona racking up 2 wins and 5 draws.
10 – Matches between Chelsea and Barcelona are typically high scoring affairs, with the 1999-2000 quarter-final clash between the teams boasting 10 goals across two legs.
13 – This is the thirteenth meeting between the two sides in the Champions League since the 1999-2000 edition of the tournament when Chelsea first qualified for the competition.
13 – The total number of players to have represented both clubs before this match. Current Chelsea stars Pedro and Cesc Fabregas both came to the club from Barca. Mark Hughes was the first to play for both.
25 – Barcelona edge out Chelsea in the head-to-head goal department, scoring 25 to the Blues’ 20.
29 – The total number of shots Messi has had against the Blues without ever scoring.
104 – That the time of the latest goal scored in this fixture. That was an extra-time winner scored by Patrick Kluivert in the clubs’ Champions League quarter-final meeting in 2000.
1966 – That’s the year of the first ever meeting between the two sides in the now defunct Fairs Cup. Barcelona triumphed 5-0 in a replay that followed a 2-2 aggregate draw.
2006 – Back in 2006 Lionel Messi was quoted as saying:
“There are players here who hate Chelsea more than Real Madrid”.