Barcelona vs Chelsea (2012)
After six games in a row in London, Chelsea have travelled 700 miles south to Spain. Club historian Rick Glanvill and club statistician Paul Dutton package up the semi-final story and statistics so far… TALKING POINTS Unlike much of the world's media, Chelsea are not here to genuflect at the new temple of total football and leave. The Blues travel with optimism we can complete the job for the glory of reaching another Champions League final. England's sole representatives have not lost to this highly-esteemed Barcelona in six games and should that become seven (even a narrow defeat might suffice) Bayern or Real and history await. Few gave Roberto Di Matteo's team much chance when the draw was made. Even after the 1-0 win at the Bridge the Catalans remain the bookies' favourites to progress. The truth is the Blues arrived at this stage having let in the most goals of the last four, and notched up the fewest. Yet under the Italian interim boss confidence and defensive solidity has been reestablished. Chelsea have scored in every Champions League away game, and one at Camp Nou would leave the hosts needing three.