Chelsea vs. Barcelona – Champions League: Preview, Team News, How To Watch
We could harp on the historical backdrop of this contention – Chelsea vs. Barcelona – and all the glad, pitiful, questionable, deplorable, astounding minutes. A portion of the injuries are as yet crude, regardless of the considerable number of years. A portion of the cheerful marvels are everlasting and life-changing.
Or then again we could do what Chelsea dependably do best, and leave a mark on the world.
These are the evenings when saints are made.
Who will advance up and be incredible?
Date / Time: Tuesday, February 20, 2018, 19:45 GMT; 2:45pm EST; 1:15am IST (next day)
Venue: Stamford Bridge, SW6
Referee: Cuneyt Cakir – momentous eighth Chelsea diversion for the Turkish arbitrator, whom we may recollect generally from the Miracle of the Camp Nou in 2012, but on the other hand he’s administered different less fabulous minutes like Di Matteo’s last match in control or the losing exertion in the Club World Cup last. He was likewise in control for Chelsea’s best win in Europe so far this season, the 2-1 away to Atletico.
Forecast: Breezy, misty, anti-Messi
On TV: BT Sport 2 (UK); Fox Sports 1, Fox Deportes (USA); Sony TEN 2 (India);
Streaming online: BT Sport Live (UK); Fox Soccer Match Pass (USA); Sony LIV (India); Soccer4Me (Worldwide)
Chelsea team news:
By one means or another no one tried to get some information about group news or wounds in the pre-coordinate public interview, however to the extent we can tell, Tiemoue Bakayoko and David Luiz are the main two unmistakable non-attendants. Ross Barkley was back in preparing yesterday however is additionally far-fetched to participate so soon, yet Marcos Alonso ought to be accessible to return as the left wing-back after three matches out. Chelsea pivoted intensely for Friday’s prevail upon Hull City in the FA Cup, so most key players ought to have had a strong week to rest, recoup, and prepare.
Chelsea’s European battle following a year’s nonattendance has seen some pleasant highs (2-1 prevail upon Atletico, for instance) and some somewhat stunning lows (3-0 misfortune to Roma, for instance), all in the traverse of only six amusements. What will this evening bring is impossible to say — getting it done, Chelsea can hang with the best on the planet. But then this same group can lose by three objectives to Bournemouth and Watford. On the off chance that last year was characterized by the enthusiasm of steady consistency, this season has been definitely not.
Barcelona team news:
Appropriate back Nelson Semedo is suspended and record-marking Philippe Coutinho is ineligible, yet the various acclaimed and not all that celebrated names are here, glad, and hangry for exact retribution for 2012. Barca have La Liga pretty much wrapped up as of now so this is their greatest accentuation for whatever is left of the season.
This version of Barca may not be the “unadulterated” Barca of seasons’ past, but rather they are absolutely fit for that sort of enchantment and now are prepared to do such essential things as strong shielding or savage assaulting proficiency also. Also, obviously despite everything they have Messi.
Since losing their adaptation of the Charity Shield before the beginning of the season, Barca have lost only one (tally them, 1) coordinate all season, a 1-0 glass stunner to neighborhood rivals Espanyol — Barca progressed at any rate subsequent to winning the second leg of that knockout cycle 2-0. They have surrendered only 11 objectives in the alliance (24 diversions) while scoring 62. They yielded 1 objective in the 6 aggregate stage matches.
Sooo… better believe it. This could get appalling.