CHAMPIONS LEAGUE LIVE: Barcelona v Chelsea – the action from the Nou Camp as it happens
18:51 GMT, 24 April 2012
Follow Sportsmail's coverage of the Champions League as Chelsea travel to Barcelona for the second leg of their semi-final. The Blues need just a draw to guarantee reaching the final after winning the first leg 1-0 at Stamford Bridge. Elsewhere Aston Villa host Bolton in the Premier League as they bid to haul themselves away from the bottom three. Email me your thoughts on the action at [email protected] or contact me on Twitter @Ripinho.
Barcelona 0-0 Chelsea (7.45pm) Aggregate: 0-1
Click here for the live goals as they go in
Barcelona: Valdes, Puyol, Pique,
Mascherano, Xavi, Busquets, Iniesta, Cuenca, Messi, Sanchez, Fabregas.
Subs: Pinto, Dani Alves, Thiago, Keita, Pedro, Adriano, Tello.
Cech, Ivanovic, Cahill, Terry, Cole, Mikel, Meireles, Mata, Lampard,
Subs: Turnbull, Essien, Torres, Malouda, Bosingwa,
Referee: Cuneyt Cakir (Turkey)
Aston Villa 0-0 Bolton (7.45pm)
19.51: Poor finish from Lionel Messi but the signs are there. Alexis Sanchez slips through the Argentine on the right but he blasts wide into the side netting. A sighter maybe
19.48: And also in Barcelona, where after 10 seconds Ashley Cole's low cross is just too short for Ramires as Victor Valdes collects.
19.45: Away we go in Birmingham.
19.42: Teams are out at the Nou Camp and Villa Park. None of that April showers nonsense in Spain – it's a clear evening.
19.39: Time for a quick stat concerning our Premier League game tonight….albeit a bit of a left field one from InfostradaLive:
The first goal will be the 1000th PL goal scored on a Tuesday. The first was scored by Gavin Johson for Ipswich Town against Wimbleden (1-0) on 18 August 1992.
19.36: Fancy a trip down memory lane Peter Lorimer has spoken to Sportsmail's John Edwards about how his Leeds team beat Barcelona in a semi-final to reach the final of this competition in 1975.
19.33: From InfostradaLive:
The streak of six matches without a victory against Chelsea is the longest for Barcelona against a specific opponent in Europe. They had a streak of five matches without a win vs Valencia between 1962 and 2000.
19.30: Bar vs Che should be a great game tonight. I just hope that certain players (on both sides) tendencies to dive don't spoil it.
I'm with you on that one. The Real Madrid v Barcelona semi-final last year was ruined by simulation – sadly overshadowing the excellence of Messi.
19.27: An interesting debate is can Chelsea get away with playing the same way they did in the first-leg
While they held Barcelona at Stamford Bridge, they did ride their luck on more than one occasion trying to shut Barca out.
Of course the other side of the coin is can Chelsea really play any other way without getting ripped to shreds
19.24: From those friendly chaps at InfostradaLive:
In the CL main tournament era there have been 22 teams that have won the first leg of a KO tie 1-0 at home.
The home team from the first leg progressed 15 times and the away team progressed seven times.
Barcelona corrected a 1-0 defeat at Panathinaikos in the 2001/02 quarterfinal by winning the return 3-1 at Camp Nou.
Chelsea failed to progress from this position in the 2006/07 semifinal, losing 1-0 at Anfield to Liverpool and losing on penalties.
All smiles: Didier Drogba (right) will again lead Chelsea's attack in Barcelona
19.21: Aston Villa manager Alex McLeish is forced to make three changes for the home Barclays Premier League clash with Bolton.
Right-back Alan Hutton, midfielder Stephen Warnock and striker Emile Heskey come into the side in place of injured trio James Collins, Stephen Ireland and Gabriel Agbonlahor.
Carlos Cuellar takes over the captaincy from Agbonlahor who is only fit enough to be be named amongst the substitutes because of his shoulder problem.
Bolton boss Owen Coyle brings striker David Ngog into the side in place of Kevin Davies in the only change from the side which drew with Swansea.
19.18: From OptaJose:
12 – Only Real Madrid and Bayern (13) have met more often in the Champions League than Barcelona and Chelsea. Familiar
19.15: With half-an-hour to kick off you still have a decent amount of time to get some reading done. So let me recommend you this excellent piece from Sportsmail's Martin Samuel in the build-up to this clash.
19.12: Full line-ups from Villa Park:
Aston Villa v Bolton
Aston Villa: Given, Hutton, Cuellar, Baker, Lichaj, Albrighton, Herd, Warnock, N'Zogbia, Heskey, Weimann. Subs: Guzan, Agbonlahor, Delfouneso, Clark, Bannan, Gardner, Carruthers.
Bolton: Bogdan, Steinsson, Ream, Wheater, Ricketts, Miyaichi, Reo-Coker, Mark Davies, Petrov, Eagles, Ngog. Subs: Jaaskelainen, Alonso, Knight, Kevin Davies, Klasnic, Sordell, Vela.
Referee: Chris Foy (Merseyside)
19.09: Didier Drogba returns from injury as Chelsea stick with their first-leg side for tonight's Champions League semi-final return at Barcelona.
The Blues name the same starting XI that won 1-0 at Stamford Bridge and are boosted by Drogba's recovery from a knee injury that saw him miss Saturday's clash with Arsenal.
The big news in the Barcelona squad is that Dani Alves only makes the substitutes' bench as coach Pep Guardiola makes two changes from the side that lost in London, with Gerard Pique and Isaac Cuenca drafted in.
19.06: From InfostradaLive:
Chelsea’s starting line-up has scored a combined 65 official goals this season. Messi has scored 63.
Confident A Barcelona fan looks on inside the Nou Camp
19.03: So here are the full line-ups from the Nou Camp:
Barcelona v Chelsea
Barcelona: Valdes, Puyol, Pique, Mascherano, Xavi, Busquets, Iniesta, Cuenca, Messi, Sanchez, Fabregas. Subs: Pinto, Dani Alves, Thiago, Keita, Pedro, Adriano, Tello.
Chelsea: Cech, Ivanovic, Cahill, Terry, Cole, Mikel, Meireles, Mata, Lampard, Ramires, Drogba. Subs: Turnbull, Essien, Torres, Malouda, Bosingwa, Kalou, Sturridge.
Referee: Cuneyt Cakir (Turkey)
19.00: Bolton starting XI:
Bogdan, Steinsson, Eagles, Petrov, M Davies, Ricketts, Reo-Coker, Ngog, Miyaichi, Wheater, Ream.
18.57: Aston Villa starting XI:
Given, Hutton, Warnock, N'Zogbia, Albrighton, Heskey, Cuellar, Weimann, Lichaj, Heard, Baker.
18.54: Very attacking formation from the hosts. That's a 3-4-3 they are playing with the 20-year old Isaac Cuenca joining Lionel Messi and Alexis Sanchez in attack.
18.51: Chelsea starting XI:
Cech, Ivanovic, Cahill, Terry, Cole, Mikel, Lampard, Mata, Meireles, Ramires, Drogba.
18.48: Barcelona starting XI:
Valdes, Puyol Mascherano Pique, Xavi, Busquets Iniesta Fabregas, Cuenca, Messi, Alexis.
Join the attack: Isaac Cuenca (right) starts in the Barcelona attack
18.45: Time for some early predictions. Chelsea may only need a draw but I can't see Barcelona failing to score again.
I'm going 2-0 for the Spanish giants, but remember the Blues only need one goal to ensure Barcelona need at least three to go through.
18.40: Elsewhere this evening Aston Villa host Bolton in the Premier League – and that too is a huge fixture for those clubs.
A win for Villa should keep their necks above water for another season in the top flight but Owen Coyle's side desperately need three points to close within a point of 17th placed Wigan.
I'll keep you posted on all the goals from that game as well but the main focus is the Champions League semi-final.
18.35: I say they need a draw like it's going to be some walk in the park but they face arguably the hardest challenge in club football right now.
Favourites (despite being a goal down) and European champions Barcelona provide the opposition at the Nou Camp.
But after suffering successive defeats, are Pep Guardiola's side on a wobble
18.30: The magic of knock-out football. One moment we're all panicking over whether we'll have a British side in the Champions League quarter-finals, the next, Chelsea are a draw away from reaching Munich.
Can the Blues pull it off tonight and ensure the final of Europe's premier club competition has Premier League representative for the sixth time in seven years Team news on the way.
Reign in Spain: Juan Mata (left) will hope Chelsea can avoid defeat at Barcelona