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27.04.2009 10:31

Barça v Chelsea: history favours Barça

Jesús Carrillo

This Tuesday Barça and Chelsea play their fifth competitive match at Camp Nou, with four in the Champions League and one in the Fairs Cup. Barça have won three of them, with the other two ending in draws.

Four of the games were in two-legged ties, with Barça knocking out the Londoners in three of them. The fifth game was in the group stages.

Two out of three in the Champions League

BARxA-CHELSEA_2000.jpgBarcelona has knocked Chelsea out in two of the three Champions League ties they have played. In the quarter finals in 1999/00 Chelsea won 3-1 in London, but Louis van Gaal’s Barça came from behind to win 5-1 in the return leg with two strikes from Rivaldo and one each from Figo, Dani García and Kluivert. Tore André Flo scored a consolation goal.

Rijkaard and Mourinho

web_13.jpgIn 2005 a sporting rivalry and war of words began between Barça and Chelsea who were drawn together three seasons in a row in the Champions League. In the last 16 in 2004/05 Chelsea knocked out Barça despite losing 2-1 at Camp Nou when Maxi López and Eto’o found the net after Belletti had scored an own goal. The following year they clashed again in the last 16 when Ronaldinho and Lampard scored in the second leg at Camp Nou as Barça went through 3-2 on aggregate.

The Stamford Bridge outfit were back at Camp Nou in the group stage in 2006/07. Deco and Gudjhonsen scored for the home side and Lampard and Drogba for the visitors.

Fairs Cup in 1966

In April 1966 Barça and Chelsea went head-to-head for the first time. Swedish referee Eric Johansson cancelled the game at the last minute due to the state of the pitch so it kicked off six days later at Camp Nou where Barça won 2-0 with goals from Fusté and Zaldúa. Chelsea won the return leg on 11 May by two nil as well, before Barça won the replay at Camp Nou on 25 May by 5-0 with strikes from Fusté (2), Zaldúa (2) and Zaballa.
Barça v Chelsea: history favours Barça
Albert Ferrer and Terry Venables
The coincidences of football. The year after going to Chelsea, Albert Ferrer played against his previous club in two games that were a tough experience for the ex-Barça player.

Then there is the case of Terry Venables, who after playing in the Fairs Cup game at Camp Nou in his last game for Chelsea due to a difference of opinion with the club manager, became the manager of the Catalan outfit twenty years later.

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