Our prediction for this Champions League match:
All eyes will be on Camp Nou when Barcelona and Chelsea face each other in the Champions League last 16, return leg. The two teams played out a 1-1 draw in the first leg at Stamford Bridge, meaning that an entertaining encounter is on the horizon. However, seeing that Barcelona are a real force to be reckoned with at home and given that Antonio Conte's relationship with Chelsea owners is at breaking point, we predict that the La Liga side will emerge triumphant in Wednesday's football game. Leo Messi is enjoying yet another season to remember and the Argentine ace, who scored the winner against Atletico Madrid at the weekend, is likely to prove a handful for the opposition defenders. A man to watch in the away side will be Eden Hazard, who is likely to be deployed up front as a lone striker. You should bear in mind, though, that it has been 12 years since Barca last defeated Chelsea in a competitive match.
Highlighted Player (Lionel Messi):
Lionel Messi is regarded as one of the best players in the history of football. He was born on 24 June, 1987 in Rosario and he began his football career at Newell’s Old Boys. At age 10 he was diagnosed with a growth hormone deficiency, but having realized his potential at a young age, Barcelona decided to pay for his treatment. Messi joined Barca in 2001 and he has been playing for the Camp Nou outfit ever since. The Argentine magician has won eight La Liga trophies with Barca and he helped the Catalan giants lift no less than four Champions League titles (2005/2006, 2008/2009, 2010/2011, 2014/2015). In the 2011/2012 La Liga campaign Messi scored 50 goals for Barca, while netting 14 goals in the 2011/2012 Champions League campaign. The five-time Golden Ball award winner has established himself as Barcelona’s all-time top scorer, but he has yet to win a trophy with Argentina national team at major tournaments. Leo Messi, though, has won Olympic Gold Medal (2008) and FIFA World Youth Championship (2005), with la Albiceleste.
Highlighted Team (Chelsea):
Over the years Chelsea have established themselves as one of the dominant forces in the English Premier League. Roberto Di Matteo helped the team win their first ever Champions League trophy (2011/2012), but it has to be noted that they were more than fortunate to beat Bayern Munich in the title game.
Chelsea have been playing at Stamford Bridge since 1876 and they are a real force to be reckoned with at home. The Blues have won seven FA Cups, five League Cups, two UEFA Cup Winners’ Cups and the UEFA Europa League. Rafael Benitez was in charge of the team that faced Benfica in the 2012/2013 Europa League final, with Branislav Ivanovic scoring the winner for the Blues in the title clash.
After lifting the 2014/2015 Premier League trophy, the Blues largely struggled in the next campaign, which saw Jose Mourinho’s second spell with the club come to an end, and Antoine Conte went over to take the reigns for the 2016/2017 season.