Blues Duo Doubts for Barca Encounter

11 months ago

Chelsea could be without Tiemoue Bakayoko and David Luiz for Tuesday’s Champions League showdown with Barcelona at Stamford Bridge.

Both players sat out training on Monday, amidst fears that the duo will play no part in the last-16 first-leg clash.

Midfielder Bakayoko has missed the last two games – against West Brom and Hull – having been sent off in the 4-1 league defeat at Watford.

Meanwhile, Brazilian star Luiz has also missed the last two fixtures and is understood to be a doubt to face the La Liga leaders on Tuesday.

There has been some better news though for Antonio Conte, with Marcos Alonso and Ross Barkley in contention to start against Barca. The duo did join up with the rest of the squad for training at Cobham on Monday morning.

Current form lines would suggest that Barcelona will start as favourites, with the Catalan giants losing just one of their 38 games in all competitions so far this term.

In contrast, Chelsea have lost three of their last six fixtures and only won three of their six Champions League group games – which saw them finish second behind Roma.

These two teams have met 12 times in Europe in the last 13 years, with Chelsea enjoying the upper hand in the head-to-head stats.

The Blues have won four, with Barca claiming three victories, while there have been five draws. It was Chelsea that gained the upper hand last time they met.

In the 2011-12 season, Chelsea won 3-2 on aggregate and came from 2-0 down to draw 2-2 in the Nou Camp en-route to lifting the trophy that season.

Another interesting stat is that Lionel Messi has not scored in his last eight meetings with Chelsea. The Argentinian also heads into Tuesday’s match having failed to score in the last five games.