Dissected: How the new Barcelona play - and why there's hope for Chelsea

Tom Henning Ovrebo officiated Chelsea's semi-final second leg against Barcelona in 2009

With the 2012 semi-final defeat still fresh in their memory, Barcelona travel to Stamford Bridge for their round of 16 Champions League clash against Chelsea with the hope that they can eradicate the late heartache imposed by then striker Fernando Torres six years ago.

Hazard says it's good to be compared with players such as Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo and he wants to impress on the big stage in his first ever match against Barcelona.

Much of the attention, as ever, will fall on Barca superstar Lionel Messi, but Rudiger knows Ernesto Valverde's side do not have to rely on the Argentina global alone to pose a serious threat. "But I'm completely different", he said.

Despite knowing that a draw with goals would be acceptable for the Catalans, we all know that Barcelona always play for the win in any match - which might lead them to score at least one goal and perhaps win this first leg. "We have days now to work on the game and I'm sure the manager will find the best solution".

"Their pursuit of the title deserves praise and the only thing that remains for us to do is applaud them".

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In the next eight fixtures, Conte's said face; both legs against Barcelona, trips to Manchester City and Manchester United, London derbies against Crystal Palace, West Ham and Tottenham, and the next round of the FA Cup.

Here are all the key details ahead of the big game. If I want to reach that level, I need to do a great game. With their strength and organization, they are going to give us a complicated game.

Chelsea were runners-up in Group C behind Roma - who are third in Serie A - only on the head-to-head rule.

The 2-0 win at Eibar on Saturday ensured Barcelona remain seven points clear at the top of La Liga. "He is a different player from the rest". Chelsea have a unique style of football, they know their game.

Poyet added on the challenge of trying to keep Messi quiet: "Chelsea's system with three central defenders and two wing-backs will attempt to block him in the central zone". "He is one of the best coaches in the world, with an incredible CV", said Valverde. "Not only what he has shown at Chelsea, but previously with Juventus and the Italian national team, you can see the quality of his coaching in his teams". It's a massive night for the players, for the club and for English football in general.

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