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Match facts: Chelsea v Barcelona

Published: Sunday 15 April 2012, 21.45CET
Match facts: Chelsea v Barcelona
Raul Meireles celebrates his clincher against Benfica ©AFP/Getty Images
 
 
 
Published: Sunday 15 April 2012, 21.45CET

Match facts: Chelsea v Barcelona

Chelsea

UEFA milestones
• Chelsea have conceded 94 goals in both the UEFA Champions League, group stage to final, and the European Cup.

UEFA Champions League statistics
• Chelsea have scored fewer goals than any other semi-finalist with 21, and conceded the most with nine.

• The Blues have had 74 shots on goal and won 49 corners, both lower than any other team still involved.

• Defenders Branislav Ivanović, David Luiz and Ashley Cole, plus Raul Meireles, will incur suspensions with their next yellow cards.

Latest domestic information
Sunday 15 April: Tottenham Hotspur FC 1-5 Chelsea FC
(Bale 56; Drogba 43, Mata 49, Ramires 77, Lampard 81, Malouda 90+4) 

Čech; Bosingwa, Luiz (Cahill 59), Terry, Cole; Mikel, Lampard; Ramires (Malouda 82), Mata, Kalou; Drogba (Torres 84)

• Chelsea, who have lifted the FA Cup in three of the past six seasons, beat Tottenham to book a final against Liverpool FC on 5 May. They have lost only two of their last 32 FA Cup matches – one of those was on penalties.

• On 31 March Fernando Torres scored his first Premier League goal in 1,035 minutes as Chelsea won 4-2 at Aston Villa FC.

• Torres scored twice in a 5-2 home win against Leicester City FC in the FA Cup quarter-finals on 18 March, ending a run of 24 club matches without a goal.

• Chelsea's four-match winning run in all competitions was ended by a 1-1 draw at Fulham FC on 9 April. The Blues are unbeaten in seven games.

• Eighteen of the 38 league goals Chelsea have conceded this season have come in the final 15 minutes.

• The Blues are unbeaten in 11 games at Stamford Bridge in 2012, winning eight.

• Chelsea have won only six of their last 18 Premier League fixtures.

• Chelsea have failed to convert five of their ten spot kicks this season.

• Chelsea dismissed manager André Villas-Boas on 4 March. His assistant Roberto Di Matteo was placed in charge until the end of the season and has overseen nine victories, two draws and a 2-1 defeat at Manchester City FC in the 12 matches since he took over.

• Frank Lampard this season became the first player to score ten or more in nine successive Premier League campaigns with his goal against Bolton Wanderers FC on 25 February.

• Daniel Sturridge has scored ten Premier League goals this season, two more than his previous best return set while on loan at Bolton last term.

Injury news
• David Luiz was carried off on a stretcher early in the second half on Sunday having suffered a hamstring injury; his replacement Gary Cahill took a knock late on.

• Ashley Cole twisted an ankle in the quarter-final second leg against SL Benfica but returned to action on Sunday.

• Ryan Bertrand (calf) and Oriol Romeu (illness) were ruled out on Sunday.

• John Terry suffered two cracked ribs in the first leg at Benfica.

• Both Terry and Lampard, who suffered a knock to his thigh muscle in the second game with Benfica, missed the 2-1 home win against Wigan Athletic FC on 7 April but returned to play 90 minutes at Fulham two days later and also featured against Tottenham.

Miscellaneous
• Chelsea signed Kevin De Bruyne from KRC Genk in January, although the winger will spend the rest of the season back on loan at the Belgian club before moving to London in the summer.

Barcelona

UEFA milestones
• Barcelona have scored 797 goals in UEFA competition; AC Milan's goal in the quarter-final second leg was the 400th they have conceded.

• Lionel Messi became the first player to score five goals in a UEFA Champions League match in the round of 16 second leg against Bayer 04 Leverkusen.

UEFA Champions League statistics
• Barcelona scored 20 goals in the group stage, equalling a record set by Manchester United FC in 1998/99; their ten-match total of 33 goals is more than any other club in this season's competition.

• Barça have had more shots wide (86) and won more corners (58) than any other team in the last four. They have committed the fewest fouls (96) and collected the fewest yellow cards (13).

• Messi is the competition's top scorer with 14 goals, setting a new record for a UEFA Champions League season. The previous best was 12, set by Ruud van Nistelrooy in 2002/03 and matched by Messi last term.

• Messi has also had more shots on goal (34) and more attempts off target (26) than any other player.

• Carles Puyol and Javier Mascherano's next bookings will incur a suspension.

Latest domestic information
Saturday 14 April: Levante UD 1-2 FC Barcelona (Barkero 23pen; Messi 64 72pen)
Valdés; Puyol, Mascherano, Adriano; Thiago, Busquets, Xavi (Cuenca 46), Fàbregas; Alexis Sánchez (Alves 76), Messi, Pedro (Iniesta 54)

• Messi scored in his tenth consecutive league outing to ensure the visitors remained within four points of leaders Real Madrid CF. The victory at the Estadi Ciutat de València, where Andrés Iniesta made his 400th appearance for Barcelona, was the Blaugrana's 11th in succession in the top flight.

• Barcelona have also beaten Real Zaragoza (4-1) and Getafe CF (4-0) since their quarter-final triumph over AC Milan.

• Messi has scored 29 goals in his last 15 appearances for club and country and 68 in 59 games this term; his 63 for Barcelona is ten more than he managed in 2010/11.

• Josep Guardiola's side are 54 games unbeaten at the Camp Nou, winning 47 since a 2-0 loss to Hércules CF on 11 September 2010.

• The Catalan side have scored 167 goals in all competitions this term, 15 more than in the whole of last season.

• Barça have lost two of their last 62 games – 3-2 at CA Osasuna on 11 February, 1-0 at Getafe on 26 November.

• Messi's 41 Liga goals this season is a new club record, surpassing Ronaldo's 34-goal mark from 1996/97.

• The 24-year-old became Barcelona's leading scorer on 20 March, moving two goals beyond César Rodríguez (232).

• Guardiola's charges will play Athletic Club in the Copa del Rey final in Madrid on 25 May.

• Barça have won three trophies this season: the UEFA Super Cup (2-0 v Porto), Spanish Super Cup (5-4 on agg v Real Madrid CF) and FIFA Club World Cup (4-0 v Santos FC).

Injury news
• Gerard Piqué has not featured since straining his left thigh against Milan on 3 April, although he was an unused substitute on Saturday.

• Daniel Alves, who sustained a similar injury against Zaragoza on 7 April, made his return on Saturday when he replaced Alexis Sánchez 14 minutes from time.

• Seydou Keita missed the trip to Levante after complaining of discomfort in his right thigh.

• Éric Abidal underwent a liver transplant on 10 April.

• Ibrahim Afellay, who suffered a knee ligament injury in September, is available again.

• David Villa could miss the rest of the season after breaking his left leg at the Club World Cup on 15 December. Andreu Fontàs will not feature until 2012/13 after tearing knee ligaments on 12 January.

Miscellaneous
• Puyol moved past Migueli on the club's all-time list of appearances when he started his 550th official game for Barça in the quarter-final second leg against Milan. Xavi leads the way on 622.

 
Last updated: 16/04/12 14.54CET

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