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Wissam Ben Yedder was the man of the match in the 1-2 win of La Liga side Sevilla against Manchester United at Old Trafford last night. The Red Devils (despite a more comfortable situation following the 0-0 in the first-leg at Sanchez Pizjuan) conceded a late double from the Frenchman, who came off the bench in the second half to score a stunning brace.

Then Chelsea have a chance to join Manchester City and Liverpool onto the next stage, as both Tottenam Hotspur and Manchester United have been kicked out.

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Chelsea will face La Liga giants Barcelona in the UEFA Champions League second-leg to pass through the Quarter Finals. Here’s some team news for the teams in contention:


  • Nelson Semedo, Yerry Mina and Denis Suarez are all ruled out of the clash due to injuries;
  • Andrés Iniesta could feature against the Blues after being selected in the provisional squad for the clash at Nou Camp.


  • Antonio Conte recently confirmed defender Antonio Rudiger is expected to be fully-fit after recovering from a minor injury, which kept him out of the last Premier League game against Crystal Palace;
  • Ross Barkley (hamstring) and David Luiz (knee and ankle) are out.

Predicted Line-Ups

BARCELONA – Ter Stegen; Roberto, Piqué, Umtiti, Alba; Rakitic, Paulinho, Busquets, Gomes; Messi, Suárez

CHELSEA – Courtois; Azpilicueta, Christensen, Cahill; Moses, Kanté, Fàbregas, Alonso; Willian, Morata, Hazard

Kick-Off: 7.45PM BST

Venue: Nou Camp

Referee: Damir Skomina

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Former Barcelona and Chelsea defender Juliano Belletti spoke ahead of tonight’s clash against the Spanish giants at Nou Camp.

The Brazilian star told Chelsea’s official website: “The first leg was a top-quality game with great players on both sides, the first game was good for Barcelona, but I think Chelsea can surprise them at the Camp Nou as well, because they have a lot of good players, as do Barcelona, so it will definitely be another great game.

“Of course Chelsea have a chance, but have to give a lot of respect to Barcelona, because they are a good team as well, so there are no favourites for this match. It is just a great opportunity to see a great match”.

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Chelsea manager Antonio Conte spoke ahead of tomorrow’s clash against Barcelona at Nou Camp. The Italian manager also praised Alvaro Morata, who struggled to find the net recently: “I can repeat always the same concept” he said.

“For Morata this is the first full season in his career. In the past, with Madrid and Juve he was on the bench. For this reason we must have great patience and are talking about an important striker.

Then Conte added: “He is a really important prospect for Chelsea. He is in contention for tomorrow’s game, I can tell you this. I saw great will and focus to fight for a place.”

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Speaking during the pre-game press conference ahead of tomorrow’s Champions League game vs Barcelona at Camp NouWillian has revealed he and his team-mates have one additional reason to perform at their best.

For sure this is a fantastic stadium with a big pitch. I think that every single player needs to play this type of game must be excited, to play this type of game. Willian said. “A lot of my players have never played in this stadium. This is the first time and we want to do our best.”


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Chelsea manager Antonio Conte believes his team could have a chance to beat Barcelona tomorrow night at Camp Nou, but the Blues have to make no mistake if they want to go through the Champions League quarter finals. 

We must be very good but when you play against this type of team, which I think is one of the best in the world, you must be prepared to suffer, in the same way we did in the first leg, where we were almost perfect,” Conte told the club’s official website. “This is not a (Chelsea) team with great experience, we have a lot of players who are playing their first or second season in the Champions League. But we have to work as a team and try to be ready to suffer the moments we have to suffer, and in every moment we have to know that we can have a chance to score.“Given our opponents’ ability to dominate possession, especially on home soil, we will also need to show plenty of patience and concentration in waiting for our opportunities and making the most of them when they arrive,”

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Manchester City remain unstoppable at the top of Premier League table after beating Stoke City at Bet365 Stadium tonight. David Silva scored a brace to secure the fourth Premier League win in a row.

Chelsea remain 5th in the standings ahead of their trip to Barcelona and FA Cup Quarter Final against Leicester City. Then Antonio Conte‘s men will face Tottenham Hotspur, who are currently enjoying a 3rd position with 61 points. Harry Kane suffered a serious ankle injury, which could keep him nearly two months out.


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Chelsea midfielder Cesc Fabregas is a former Barcelona player and he was asked if he would celebrate a goal vs the Spanish side.

Fabregas himself admitted he hasn’t thought about this, even if he probably won’t celebrate if he will score a goal.

Honestly, I haven’t thought about it at all. I’ve only scored two goals this season and it’s been a while since my last goal. Fabregas said. “There are feelings at such a moment that you can’t predict, I can’t definitively say I won’t celebrate, but it’s unlikely I would. I don’t think I’ll get many chances due to the position I play, what he asks of me is different to others. You never know in football and I hope it can happen, but I haven’t thought about it.”

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Chelsea captain Gary Cahill believes the Blues should remain focused on a top four place as “qualifying for the Champions League is the ambition”. 

The England international told Chelsea’s official website: “We had to show a lot of determination, the three points was all that mattered today, however we got them. In the first half, we could have got three or four. By the end they were throwing everything at it, as you’d expect. They made it difficult late on”.

‘We have to show a lot of courage and ambition to finish the season strongly. Qualifying for the Champions League is the ambition. We have put ourselves in a difficult situation, and we have to work hard to get ourselves out of it”.

Then Cahill added: “Up until the Bournemouth game things were fine, and since then results haven’t gone our way. We have to show the character and work-rate we did yesterday to finish in the top four”.

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Chelsea winger Willan reckons Crystal Palace “created some problems” to the Blues, despite a brilliant performance from the Brazilian star secured a 2-1 win at Stamford Bridge for the Premier League champions.

Willian told Chelsea’s official website: “Anyway, we did a good job. It’s always a good feeling to be back winning after some not good results. We played very well; we could have scored more goals and the result could have been 4-1 or 5-1. In the Premier League you have to kill the game, otherwise you have problems, but we deserved the three points”.

‘I’m happy with my performance and my form,’ he added. ‘I hope to continue like this, but the most important thing is to win the games. We have to carry on in this way. We cannot go down any more – we have to stay high”.


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