Date: 19th February 2018 at 11:48pm
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Games between Chelsea and Barcelona are always massive affairs, on top of that, they tend to be jam-packed with incident.

For some reason though, it`s nearly always Chelsea that have been on the receiving end of some dubious decisions. Some of these Champions League ties that have occured between the clubs would have sent the Video Assistant Referee (VAR), that is currently being trialled, into meltdown.

As the excitement builds, we`ve been taking a look back at those previous encounters. Yesterday, we looked backed to the clubs` first meetings in 2000 and just into the Jose Mourinho era in 2005. We now look to move forward one year.

Dateline: 22nd February 2006
Place: Stamford Bridge, London

Cech, Carvalho, Ferreira, Terry, Del Horno, Cole, Lampard, Makelele, Robben, Gudjohnsen, Crespo. Subs: Cudicini, Huth, Duff, Maniche, Geremi, Wright-Phillips, Drogba.

Barcelona: Valdes, Oleguer, Puyol, Edmilson, Marquez, Deco, Motta, Ronaldinho, Van Bronckhorst, Messi, Eto`o. Subs: Larrson, Silvinho, Iniesta, Belletti, Ezquerro, Jorquera, Van Bommel.

Referee: Terje Hauge (Norway)

With Jose still at the helm and off the back of a Premier League double, everything in the Chelsea garden was fine and dandy. This tie like tomorrow`s was in the round of 16. However, unlike the two home ties in yesterday`s article, there was no thrilling first half 3-0 lead. Where there was a similarity though was in the fact there was a sending off.

Typically, it was a Chelsea player who saw red. The little remembered Asier Del Horno received his marching orders in the 36th minute, hastily jumping in on Lionel Messi. The Norwegian referee deemed it dangerous play, and issued a straight red card.

Aside from the sending off, the first half was a low key affair for a game between these two combative sides. Joe Cole was replaced as a result, as Mourinho characteristically looked to tighten things up.

Despite being a man down, Chelsea took the lead courtesy of an own-goal by Thiago Motta. A free-kick whipped in by Frank Lampard deflected past Valdes via Motta`s knee. The lead didn`t last long as John Terry returned the favour, this time it was Ronaldinho who delivered the freekick and Terry who deflected the ball past Petr Cech off his head.

Six minutes later and a Samuel Eto`o header gave the Catalans two away goals. It could have ended worse though, with JT making two goal line clearances as the game ebbed away.

Scoreline: Chelsea 1-2 Barcelona
Scorers: Barcelona: Motta (og); Barcelona: Terry (og), Eto`o

Dateline: 22nd February 2006
Place: Stamford Bridge, London

Valdes, Oleguer, Puyol, Marquez, van Bronckhorst, Deco, Edmilson, Motta, Messi, Eto’o, Ronaldinho. Subs: Jorquera, Belletti, Larsson, Giuly, Sylvinho, Van Bommel, Iniesta.

Chelsea: Cech, Ferreira, Carvalho, Terry, Gallas, Cole, Makelele, Lampard, Duff, Drogba, Robben. Subs: Cudicini, Maniche, Crespo, Geremi, Gudjohnsen, Wright-Phillips, Huth.

Referee: Markus Merk (Germany)

Like the first game, this one was not packed with incident. Chelsea at least got through it with 11 players on the pitch. That was about the only bright point for them, in game that Barcelona dominated from start to finish across all area of the pitch.

A little bit of Ronaldinho magic all but sealed the Blues fate, as he was allowed the space to run into the box and fire low past Cech. With just 12 minutes left, and two goals required, Chelsea were all but done. Mourinho bought on defender, Robert Huth, as a striker in an attempt to find those crucial goals to take the game to extra-time.

Chelsea did get a chance in injury time, when JT was deemed to have been caught in the penalty box, and for once Chelsea were on the right end of a wrong decision. Frank Lampard stepped up and pulled a goal back, but it was too little too late and Barcelona progressed to the quarter-finals.

Scoreline: Barcelona 1-1 Chelsea (Agg:3-2)
Scorers:Barcelona: Ronaldinho; Chelsea: Lampard (Pen)

Dateline: 18th October 2006
Place: Stamford Bridge, London

Hilario, Boulahrouz, Carvalho, Terry (c), Cole, Essien, Makelele, Ballack, Lampard, Shevchenko, Drogba. Subs: Robben, Kalou, Makaba-Makalamby, Cole, Geremi, Bridge, Ferreira.

Barcelona: Valdes, Zambrotta, Puyol, Marquez, van Bronckhorst, Xavi, Edmilson, Deco, Messi, Gudjohnsen, Ronaldinho. Subs: Oleguer, Iniesta, Giuly, Jorquera, Motta, Thuram, Saviola.

Referee: Frank De Bleeckere (Belgium)

These two ties were unusual in the games that have taken place between Chelsea and Barcelona in that, they took place in the group stages of the competition. As such, there wasn`t the intensity normally associated with fixtures between the two.

This game was though significant, for the fact that Chelsea`s third choice keeper Henrique Hilario played. Chelsea`s previous game at Reading had seen both Petr Cech and Carlo Cudicini receive head injuries, the former being sidelined for just over three months.

The game was decided by a Didier Drogba thunderbolt that gave Valdes no chance, and for once Ronaldinho, Messi and Xavi were left subdued. Maybe they were influenced by Chelsea former striker Eidur Gudjohnsen.

Were this to have been in the knockout stages, Chelsea would have been nicely placed. It wasn`t, and Chelsea would travel to Barcelona leading the group by five points.

Scoreline: Chelsea 1-0 Barcelona
Scorers:Chelsea: Drogba; Barcelona:

Dateline: 31st October 2006
Place: Nou Camp, Barcelona

Valdes, Zambrotta, Marquez, Puyol, Van Bronckhorst, Xavi, Motta, Deco, Messi, Gudjohnsen, Ronaldinho. Subs: Iniesta, Edmilson, Giuly, Jorquera, Belletti, Thuram, Saviola.

Chelsea: Hilario, Boulahrouz, Ricardo Carvalho, Terry, Ashley Cole, Essien, Makelele, Ballack, Lampard, Drogba, Robben. Subs: Cole, Ferreira, Kalou, Cudicini, Geremi, Bridge, Wright-Phillips.

Referee: Stefano Farina (Italy)

This game was more important for Barcelona than it was Chelsea, qualification was almost assured for the Londoners, whereas Werder Bremen could still pip the Catalans for the crucial second place in the group. As such the status quo was resumed.

A future Chelsea player got the scoring underway early on. Deco fired in from 20 yards with just three minutes gone. Far from being a spectacle of beautiful football, the game was filled tetchy, niggly fouls. There was almost the obligatory Chelsea sending off, when Ashley Cole was given a yellow card. The Barcelona players were convinced he`d already received one for dissent. However, the referee made it clear that it was Frank Lampard who picked that caution up. Lampard booked for dissent? Seems unlikely.

Into the second half it was Lampard who fashioned an equaliser. A goal from the acutest of angles saw the Barca lead nullified. It wasn`t long before the lead was restored, this time by an ex-Chelsea player. A Ronaldinho cross was tucked away from close range by Eidur Gudjohnsen with just over 20 minutes remaining.

Victory for Barcelona was not to be though. A header by John Terry allowed Didier Drogba the opportunity to even things up as he beat Victor Valdes to the ball and bundled the ball home. Mourinho, as was his want, celebrated like it was a knockout game.

Such was the ferocity of the game, the Italian referee gave out ten yellow cards, five for each team, but amazingly, he managed to keep all 22 players on the pitch for the full 90 minutes. Both teams made it to the round of 16 where the Catalans were defeated by Liverpool. Chelsea made it to the semi-final but were defeated by the same opponents on penalties.

Scoreline: Barcelona 2-2 Chelsea
Scorers:Barcelona: Deco, Gudjohnsen; Chelsea: Lampard, Drogba;

Parts 3 and 4 will be carried prior to second leg game in Barcelona.

All the action and excitement from tomorrow`s game will be covered here on Vital Chelsea as we run all our usual polls and allow for your comments in our Match Day Moments feature. We Can`t wait. Come on Chelsea