24 April 2012

FCB-Chelsea: Did you know...

  • FC Barcelona and Chelsea have met eleven times in Europe, with 4 wins for the
    English club, 3 for the Catalans and four draws
  • Barça have not lost a European fixture at the Camp Nou for 15 games, having put
    together 13 wins and two draws
  • In the five games they have played at the Camp Nou in this year’s edition, Barça have
    scored 18 goals
  • None of the last four results between Barça and Chelsea at the Camp Nou would
    produce a result that would serve the interests of the former side this evening (2-1 in
    2004/05, 1-1 in 2005/06, 2-2 in 2006/07 and 0-0 in 2008/09).
  • But the 5-1 win in 1999/00, under similar circumstances to this year’s encounter, with
    Barça needing to make up for 3-1 first leg defeat in London, would see the home side
    through to the final
  • Chelsea have been struggling to find form away from home in Europe this season,
    having lost two and drawn two games, and only having won on the trip to Benfica.
    Nevertheless, of their five away results, only the 3-1 loss to Napoli would not be
    enough to see them qualify tonight at Barcelona’s expense.
  • Barça have won 50% of their Champions League semi finals played to date (6 out of
    12). Chelsea, meanwhile, have only won 20% (1 out of 5).
  • Whenever they have won the first leg of a European tie, Chelsea have managed to
    qualify 9 times out of 13.
  • FC Barcelona have had the most shots (99) and the most corners (66) in the
    competition, They have also received the fewest yellow cards (15)
  • Puyol and Mascherano are both one booking short of suspension from a hypothetical
    final appearance. Chelsea’s Ivanovic, David Luiz, Cole, Ramires and Meireles are all in
    the same situation.
  • Chelsea is the lowest scoring of all four quarter finalists (22) and is also the side that
    has leaked the most goals (9).
  • The Londoners are unbeaten in nine matches in all competitions, having won six of
    them. They haven’t even conceded a goal for four games.
  • Patience may well be a virtue on Tuesday night. 18 of the 38 goals that Chelsea have
    conceded in the Premiership this season were scored in the last quarter of an hour.
  • The referee tonight will be Turkey’s Cüneyt Çakir, who is taking charge of his eighth
    Champions League fixture. He has refereed both Barça and Chelsea once before. He
    whistled Barça’s 1-1 draw in Kazan in the 2010/11 group stages and also Chelsea’s 4-
    1 win over Spartak Moscow in the 2009/10) group stages.