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AS unlikely as it sounds, Barcelona star Lionel Messi is still waiting to score his first goal against Chelsea after drawing a blank in eight previous Champions League matches.

The teams have produced some epic games in the past although they have not met in the Champions League since Chelsea pulled off a remarkable backs-to-the-wall semi-final victory over Barcelona on the way to winning the trophy in 2012.

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Eden Hazard is expected to operate in an unusual centre-forward role after Chelsea boss Antonio Conte left Olivier Giroud and Alvaro Morata on the bench for Tuesday’s Champions League last 16, first leg against Barcelona.

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Frank Lampard reacts to Chelsea fans' banner which sends clear message to Roman Abramovich

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Chelsea boss Frank Lampard is under significant pressure at Stamford Bridge.

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Premier League 2020-21: Mat Ryan, Socceroos goalkeeper moves to Arsenal from Brighton, reaction, Martin Keown, Ian Wright

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Mat Ryan’s loan move to Arsenal has been hailed as a fine piece of business as the Socceroos goalkeeper fights to get back playing regular Premier League football.

Ryan fell out of favour at Brighton with Robert Sanchez the club’s preferred No. 1.

He was told by the club late last month he would be free to explore his options with Arsenal moving quickly to snap up the Australian international until the end of the season

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While initially signed as a back-up to Bernd Leno following Emiliano Martinez’s departure, there is every chance the 28-year-old could push for the starting role.



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Jamie Carragher thinks Steven Gerrard could be key to Alexander-Arnold Liverpool revival

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Jamie Carragher has urged Trent Alexander-Arnold to learn from Steven Gerrard’s example at Liverpool.

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