Five classic Chelsea vs. Barcelona Champions League ties
Five classic Chelsea vs. Barcelona Champions League ties
Here, is a look back at the five previous knockout ties between the English champions and Catalan giants in the Champions League.
2000 quarterfinal: Barcelona won 6-4 on aggregate
Chelsea's first foray into the quarter-finals in 2000 got off to a flying start as Gianfranco Zola and a Tore Andre Flo double put the hosts 3-0 up inside 38 minutes of the first leg.
However, Luis Figo grabbed a vital away goal after the break to set up a Barca second leg fightback.
Rivaldo and Figo struck before half-time at the Camp Nou to give Barca the advantage on away goals before Flo restored Chelsea's aggregate lead.
Pep Guardiola provided the cross from which Dani Garcia's header took the game to extra-time.
Rivaldo's penalty edged Barca ahead, having earlier missed from the spot, before Patrick Kluivert capped the comeback with Barca's fifth.
2005 last 16: Chelsea won 5-4 on aggregate
The presence of former Barca assistant Jose Mourinho as Chelsea boss took the rivalry to new heights in 2005.
Mourinho was furious with Swedish referee Anders Frisk after he sent-off Didier Drogba with Chelsea leading 1-0 at the Camp Nou in the first leg.
Frisk retired from refereeing less than a month later, citing death threats.
Barca came back against the 10 men to win 2-1 on the night, but were blown away by another fast Chelsea start at the Bridge.
Eidur Gudjohnsen, Frank Lampard and Damien Duff put the Blues 3-0 up inside 20 minutes before Ronaldinho, firstly from the penalty spot, and then with a stunning outside of the foot strike from outside the box nudged Barca ahead on away goals.
However, John Terry's header 14 minutes from time won the tie, with this time Barca complaining of a foul on goalkeeper Victor Valdes by Ricardo Carvalho.
Last 16 2006: Barcelona won 3-2 on aggregate
Lionel Messi started just one knockout game on Barca's run to winning the Champions League in 2006. Unfortunately, for Chelsea the Argentine was still decisive.
Asier del Horno saw red for hacking down an 18-year-old Messi before half-time in the first leg.
Barca made the man advantage count through a Terry own goal and Samuel Eto'o in a 2-1 win.
Ronaldinho then sealed the tie back at the Camp Nou before Lampard's late penalty.
Semifinal 2009: Barcelona won on away goals
The most controversial of all the clashes came in 2009 when Chelsea saw four strong penalty appeals waived away by Norwegian referee Tom Henning Ovrebo before being hit by a late sucker punch.
After a forgettable 0-0 draw at the Camp Nou, Chelsea went in front in spectacular fashion through Michael Essien's volley.
Three penalty claims then came and went, whilst Barca also had Eric Abidal sent-off.
But the 10 men got the goal that paved the way for Guardiola's men to win the treble when Andres Iniesta fired into the top corner three minutes into stoppage time.
Yet there was still time for Ovrebo to turn down final howls for a spot-kick when the ball struck Eto'o's arm, sparking fury from Chelsea players and fans.
Semifinal 2012: Chelsea won 3-2 on aggregate
The English side got their revenge in Guardiola's final Champions League match as Barca boss three years later by upsetting the odds despite again going down to 10 men.
Drogba gave Chelsea a slender 1-0 lead to take to Catalonia and that didn't look like being enough when Terry saw red for kicking out at Alexis Sanchez before Sergio Busquets and Iniesta turned the tie around.
However, Ramires's wonderful chip hauled Chelsea back into the tie and they withstood wave upon wave of Barca attack after the break as Messi also hit the bar with a penalty.
And it was the unlikely figure of Fernando Torres who landed the final blow when he broke away for Chelsea's second in stoppage time to set up the Londoners' solitary Champions League triumph.
Felipe Massa ready for Formula E challenge around the streets of Riyadh
- Not only will the December date mark the Kingdom’s entry into Formula E, but it will also mark Massa’s debut
- Massa called the Formula E vehicles “the car of the next generation”
Noor Nugali Riyadh: Felipe Massa cannot wait to get behind the wheel of a Formula E car and jumpstart his new career when the spectacle of speed storms into Riyadh for the season opener on Dec. 15.
The Saudi Arabia capital was named as the newest stopping point for the sport in May, with it being the first race of a 13-race season, which sees the electric-powered cars tackle street circuits across the globe.
Not only will the December date mark the Kingdom’s entry into Formula E, but it will also mark Massa’s debut, having left the Formula One paddock for the growing sport. And the 37-year-old told Arab News he is excited about the prospect of tackling the streets of Ad Diriyah, the oldest part of the capital, in one of the electrically powered speed machines.
“I am ready for the race. It’s a fantastic feeling driving around the city, the town, it’s historical. It will be a big event,” Massa said at press conference to announce Saudi Arabian Airlines’ new long-term partnership as official airline partner of the all-electric series.
“I’m really happy to be a part of this new challenge for my career. In a new place and country, it’s motivating.”
Having won 11 Grands Prix during an illustrious career in F1, during which time he raced for Ferrari, some might think Massa would not be daunted by the move to Formula E. The Brazilian, however, is taking nothing for granted.
“It’s a big challenge for me to change categories, to Formula E,” he said, having got a chance to put some early practice in as he took a Gen2 car around the streets of the capital.
“Learning everything is a challenge. It’s different cars, different tracks and a different way of driving. I need to learn and grow to understand but I like new challenges.”
Massa called the Formula E vehicles “the car of the next generation” and it is hoped that the Ad Diriyah race helps the changing face of Saudi Arabia by inspiring more women to get behind the wheel in the Kingdom — something not lost on Massa.
“I heard that women are driving (in Saudi Arabia) now and that’s fantastic — hopefully in the future there will female racers,” he said.
“We are racing in a country (whose main export is oil), and we are racing with electric cars. I think it shows that this country wants to change its mentality and its thinking of the future. It’s really positive and I’m so happy to be a part of this.”
Thanks to the Bahrain and Abu Dhabi Grands Prix, the Middle East has long been associated with motorsport, and it is well known that the region is awash with petrolheads. The Riyadh Formula E race, however, will be international motorsport’s first move into Saudi Arabia.
But rather than look to bring F1 to the country his Abdul Aziz Bin Turki Al-Faisal, vice-chair of the General Sports Authority, revealed that Formula E was the only format they wanted to see in the capital.
“This is a truly game-changing moment for Saudi Arabia and one that we can share with the world,” he said. “It is very fitting that the such a futuristic and sustainable sport as Formula E is pointing to the future direction of our country.
“Saudi Arabia is home to literally millions of passionate young fans of motorsport, many of whom simply cannot believe that Felipe Massa took the Gen2 car around the streets of the capital today and that they now have a ‘home race’ on the Formula E calendar. So already the excitement is building, especially since we’re adding live music concerts to the weekend line-up.”
The track Massa and Co. will be tackling this December was revealed at the press conference. At 1.76 miles long, the first road circuit in the Middle East features 21 corners, a number of which are long flowing ones taken at high speed. It is hoped that the race will get both Saudi Arabia’s entry to the sport and the season itself off to a spectacular start, and in doing so inspire a new generation of speed demons.
Prince Khalid bin Sultan Al-Faisal Al-Saud, president of the Saudi Arabian Motor Federation, said: “Something we haven’t announced yet, is that there will be a support race for Formula E.
“It’s the Jaguar I-Pace trophy, it will race around the world with the Formula E circuit.
“Saudi Arabia will participate in that championship as a national team with two Saudi Arabian drivers and we will announce the names soon.”