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Chelsea and Barcelona has been arguably the fiercest rivalry in the Champions League since the 21st century.

Despite the Blues not drawing Barcelona since 2012, there’s still plenty of anticipation for this tie that has plenty of history behind it.

Once again we will meet the La Liga leaders in this year’s tournament.

Here is five iconic matches against Barcelona that Chelsea fans won’t forget:

Chelsea 1-0 Barcelona, Group Stage, 2006/2007:

Out of all the Chelsea-Barcelona battles in this competition, this may be one that some fans may forget. The match itself wasn’t a spectacle but a moment of brilliance from Didier Drogba saw Chelsea topple Barcelona at home once again.

The striker was unstoppable no matter who the opposition was. Drogba left the visitor’s captain Carles Puyol for dead and smashed in a goal on the edge of the box. This was the first of many times the club legend haunted Barcelona.

Chelsea 3-1 Barcelona, Quarter-Final 1st Leg, 1999/2000:

Many including myself may be too young to remember this match but there’s a reason it’s an unforgettable game for us.

Like many of our encounters with Barcelona, we went into the game as underdogs. However, that didn’t stop Gianfranco Zola scoring a trademark free-kick and Tore Andre-Flo scoring an inspired brace. This all happened within eight minutes of the first half!

Annoyingly, we folded over against our European rivals in the second leg, losing 5-1 after extra-time. For any Chelsea fan that was at Stamford Bridge on that night, it was one to remember.

Chelsea 1-0 Barcelona, Semi-Final 1st Leg, 2011/2012

Staying at home and Barcelona not for the first time just couldn’t stop us at the Bridge.

Pep Guardiola’s side were dominant in the match, with 72% possesion. However, the resilience Chelsea showed on the night was incredible.

It only took one chance for Drogba to make a massive impact on the match and in the tie. The Spaniards hit the woodwork a few times and destiny really was on our side.

Chelsea 4-2 Barcelona, Round of 16 2nd Leg, 2004/2005

With Barcelona taking a 2-1 lead into the second leg, Chelsea had to get off to a good start. Boy did that happen! The Blues had a shock 3-0 lead within the first 20 minutes of the match. Eidur Gudjohnsen, Frank Lampard and Damien Duff were all on hand to put us in dreamland.

The brilliance of Ronaldinho put the Catalans ahead in the tie until a late John Terry header was enough to see Jose Mourinho’s side through to the next round.

It was a tie that epitomised the way in which Chelsea played under Jose Mourinho in his first spell at the club.

Barcelona 2-2 Chelsea, Semi-Final 2nd Leg, 2011/2012

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Ramires scored an incredible chip goal against Barcelona at the Nou Camp in 2012.

Chelsea took that slender 1-0 lead into the match at the Nou Camp courtesy of Drogba. However, things didn’t start well for us. Roberto Di Matteo’s side lost Terry and the home side tore us apart in the opening for the majority of the first half, leading 2-1 on aggregate.

Step up Ramires and his wonderful chip that put Chelsea back in front on away goals. From then on we defended for our lives and once again had luck on our side.

Fernando Torres went away in the last minute to seal us a place in the Champions League final. It was an incredible night and the best was still yet to come in Munich. This match would become a huge part of our first Champions League title!

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