Chelsea travel to the Nou Camp with the scores level but Barcelona do have an away goal to their name. The Blues require a scoring draw involving four goals (in total) or more at the very least to progress today in normal time.
Date / Time: Wednesday, March 14, 2018, 19:45 GMT; 3:45pm EDT; 1:15am IST
Venue: Camp Nou, Barcelona, Spain
Referee: Damir Skomina
Forecast: A very pleasant evening. 14°C (57°F) at kickoff, a slight chance of showers and a light wind of 13 kph (8 mph.)
On TV: BT Sport 2 (UK); FOX Sports 1, ESPN Deportes (USA); Sony Ten HD 2 (India); elsewhere
Streaming online: BT Sport Live (UK); FOX Soccer Match Pass , WatchESPN (select markets) (USA); Sony LIV (India)
Chelsea starting line-up (3-4-3): Courtois | Azpilicueta (c), Christensen, Rudiger | Moses, Kante, Fabregas, Alonso | Willian, Giroud, Hazard
Substitutes from: Caballero, Cahill, Zappacosta, Emerson, Bakayoko, Pedro, Morata
Barcelona starting line-up (4-3-3): Ter Stegen | Roberto, Pique, Umtiti, Alba | Rakitic, Busquets, Iniesta | Messi, Suarez, Dembele
Substitutes from: Cillessen, Paulinho, Alcacer, Digne, Gomes, Vidal, Vermaelen
It is Olivier Giroud who starts up front after all, then. The rest of Chelsea’s starting XI is as expected, and for Barcelona it’s Ousmane Dembele in the side instead of Paulinho, contrary to what some may have expected.
Remember the last time Chelsea went to Camp Nou in the second leg of a Champions League knockout stage fixture? Let’s hope tonight is no less magical.
Author’s Note: On the night of April 24, 2012 I stayed up and watched every second of that match with my heart in my mouth but was almost in tears by the time Terry got sent off and Busquets had put Barca ahead. I scurried off to bed, fully expecting to wake up to the news of an absolute thrashing. It wasn’t to be, though, was it? I ended up sleeping in on one of the most magical nights in the history of Chelsea Football Club. Thanks to college tests tomorrow, I’m left with no choice but to sit this one out as well - hopefully via Ram’s association rule, this means Chelsea win.
Time’s up, let’s do this.