As the second midweek of the first legs of the Champions League last 16 ties approaches, no game will hit the headlines like Chelsea welcoming Barcelona to Stamford Bridge on Tuesday.
A tie between two sides who know, and have knocked out each other well in this competition; from Barcelona’s triumph in 2000, to Jose Mourinho and Chelsea celebrating at this same stage in 2005, Barcelona exacting revenge a year later, right down to dramatic happenings in 2009 and 2012. Barcelona arrive at the this tie as favourites though, top of the Spanish first division and having lost just once since August, while Chelsea are only just finding their feet after a less than impressive start to 2018.
The Blues will take inspiration from their latest meeting with Barcelona, though, that astonishing 2-2 draw at the Camp Nou six years ago against all odds, that took the Blues to the final of the competition. A spot in the showpiece isn’t quite up for grabs yet, but this is still a pivotal and eagerly anticipated clash.
Chelsea’s domestic counterparts Manchester United also have Champions League duty this midweek, Jose Mourinho and his side, preparing for their first knockout game in this competition since 2014, travel to Sevilla, the Spaniards who are seeking a first ever quarter final appearance.
Elsewhere, Bayern Munich play host to Besiktas at the Allianz Arena, the Turks topped their group, but a key man in that achievement, Cenk Tosun, has departed, leaving their task not the most enviable.
In the fourth game of the quadruple of match-ups, Roma travel to Shakhtar Donetsk, wary of the Miners who knocked them out at this stage of the competition back in 2011.
Chelsea v Barcelona
Sevilla v Manchester United
Shakhtar Donetsk v Roma
Bayern Munich v Besiktas