- Chelsea will face Barcelona tonight in the round of 16 clash of the UEFA Champions League
- These two teams are familiar foes in the competition as they have met 12 times before
- But the interesting part is that Lionel Messi has never scored a goal against Chelsea
The tough Champions League rivalry between reigning Premier League champions Chelsea and Spanish giants Barcelona will return tonight, February 20.
Chelsea will face their much heralded opponents Barcelona in the last 16 tie of the 2017/18 UEFA Champions League, and as usual, the two games will be tough, including tonight's game.
The Champions League rivalry between Chelsea and Barcelona actually began in the year 2000 when the Blues defeated Barcelona 3-1 at Stamford Bridge even though they had met three times before this encounter on April 5, 2000.
Chelsea and Barcelona met for the first time in April 27, 1966 in the Fairs Cup competition, and the Blues were defeated 2-0.
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In total, Chelsea and Barcelona have met 15 times with both teams winning 5 games each and drawing 5.
But in their Champions League head-to-head record, Chelsea have played 12 games with Barcelona with the Blues winning 4 games, lost 3 and drew 5 with the Catalan giants.
Interestingly, Lionel Messi has faced Chelsea eight times with 29 shots without scoring a single goal against the Stamford Bridge landlords.
Earlier, Legit.ng had reported how the Champions League last of 16 draw was conducted in which Porto will also face Liverpool.
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Source: Sports Brief News