Lionel Messi once said, 'Some of us at Barcelona hate Chelsea more than Real Madrid, I never thought I’d hear myself say that.'
Here are five matches between Chelsea and Barcelona that have defined this heated rivalry over the years.
Barcelona 2-2 Chelsea, UEFA Champions League group stage, 2006
In an ill-tempered encounter, Chelsea rescued a point against Barcelona thanks to a brilliant angled chip from Frank Lampard and a last-gasp equalizer from Didier Drogba, after former Blue Eidur Gudjohnsen had put the Catalans ahead. The result left us on the brink of qualification from the group stage, while Barcelona were left in danger of missing out on the knockout stages.
Chelsea 4-2 Barcelona, UEFA Champions League Last 16, 2005
Having to overcome a 2-1 deficit from the first leg at the Camp Nou, and with Drogba missing out due to suspension, it looked to be an almost impossible task for Chelsea at Stamford Bridge. But then, John Terry rose highest to head home a Damien Duff corner and we marched into the quarter-finals, putting four past Barcelona at the Bridge!
Chelsea 1-1 Barcelona, 2nd leg, UEFA Champions League semi-final, 2009
“It was not my best day, really.” These are the words of Tom Henning Ovrebo, the referee of that infamous meeting between Chelsea and Barcelona in the UEFA Champions League semi-finals of 2009. Having drawn the away leg 0-0, we simply needed to win at Stamford Bridge to progress to our second final in two years. We took the lead thanks to a Michael Essien thunderbolt, but some questionable decisions and a last gasp equaliser from Andres Iniesta saw us bow out of the competition on aggregate.
Chelsea 3-1 Barcelona, UEFA Champions League quarter-final, 2000
It is not just post 2005 that we have had some special nights vs Barcelona. Gianfranco Zola and Tore Andre Flo helped us beat the Spanish heavyweights in the quarter-finals in 2000, thanks to a wonderful free kick from Zola and a clinical brace from his strike partner. We would eventually be knocked out on aggregate, but it proved to be the start of a modern day rivalry.
Chelsea 2-2 Barcelona, 2nd leg, UEFA Champions League semi-final, 2012
One of the most famous nights in the club’s history! As we all know the game had everything.After Barcelona took an early lead on the night thanks to Sergio Busquets, that was then doubled by Andres Iniesta after John Terry's red card. The writing looked on the wall. However, Ramires’ sublime chip soon after put as ahead once again on aggregate, a lead which was defended brilliantly for the entire second half. Finally, Fernando Torres ran through in injury time, knocked the ball around Victor Valdes and sealed our place in the final!