Barcelona v Chelsea and Aston Villa v Bolton

Reaction as Chelsea knock out holders Barcelona to reach the Champions League final after a thrilling semi-final at the Nou Camp.

24 April 2012 Last updated at 23:05

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As it happened

  1. 2259: 

    Right then, it is time for me to bid you farewell at the end of what has been a momentus night in European football. And no, I'm not talking about Bolton inflicting another defeat on Aston Villa. Ten-man Chelsea have knocked out the Champions League holders Barcelona, meaning they are into their first final since 2008 and will play Real Madrid or Bayern Munich in the final in Munich on 19 May. Thanks for keeping me company over the last few hours, and I'm sure all you Blues fans out there will keep the party going for a few hours yet. Enjoy... and cheerio for now.

  2.  

    Marcus Gadson on Twitter: "I fancy Bayern Munich going through. Although beating Mourinho would be oh so sweet. "

  3.  

    Chris Duncan, happy Chelsea fan, on Twitter: "Re 2244. Di Matteo is clearly a tactician. Would love to see him stay on as manager."

  4.  

    David Gibson on Twitter: "Re 2244. Di Matteo has been inspirational. Give him the job, he's earnt it. From nothing to the edge of glory in less than 2 months!"

  5.  

    From Matt: "Re 2244. Di Matteo to get the job... Guardiola and Mourinho as his assistants."

  6.   
    Phil McNulty at Villa Park, BBC Sport Chief Football WriterFULL-TIME- Aston Villa 1-2 Bolton

    "Bolton fans celebrated at the final whistle - but Aston Villa manager Alex McLeish suffered some fearful abuse from his own supporters in the closing stages as they slump further into trouble."

  7.  
    FULL-TIME- Barcelona 2-2 Chelsea (agg 2-3)

    Phil Dawkes reports: "An incredible end to an incredible night as Fernando Torres' finish ensures 10-man Chelsea's progress to the Champions League final after an evening of pure drama. The Blues did it the hard way, but their reward is a night in Munich."

  8. 2252: 

    Right then. For those of you who need it, here's a reminder of what happened tonight. Actually, maybe some of you need it so you believe what happened tonight...

  9.  

    From Charlie Hart - delirious Chelsea fan: "I'm not sure enough has been made of Cech's wondersave at 2127. Without those vital fingertips, Chelsea would be out."

    Yep, it was a superb stop. Lots of Blues heroes tonight, though... because the men in front of Cech didn't let Barca through to test him very much.

  10. 2244: 

    Apologies for pointing this out (seeing as I asked them to do it), but doesn't it seem strange seeing Chelsea fans pick who they want to play in the Champions League final? As their interim manager Roberto di Matteo points out, pretty much everybody had written them off.

    Oh, and surely we won't be calling him 'interim' manager for too much longer? I'd be interested to know who else any Blues fans would like to see get the job now?

  11.  

    Adam Tillsley "Re 2237. Real, Chelsea v Mourinho, would be epic!"

  12.  

    From Sam: "Re 2237. Well, according to Mourinho it must be Bayern Munich since he said it won't be a Madrid-Chelsea final. Think that has backfired a bit."

  13.  

    From Mirzo on Twitter: "Mourinho will want to beat Chelsea in the final, so another great game to look forward to between Bayern and Real."

    The second leg of their semi-final is on Wednesday night, with Bayern taking a 2-1 first-leg lead to Madrid.

  14. 2237: 

    So, the stage is set for the Champions League final in Munich on 19 May. Chelsea will either face their former boss Jose Mourinho and his Real Madrid side, or a Bayern Munich side playing in their own stadium.

    Who would Blues fans fancy? Tweet me @chris bevan using the hashtag #bbcfootball or by texting in on 81111 (UK). Make sure YOU PUT YOUR NAME on those texts though.

  15. 2231: 

    Yes, I know I keep apologising about not mentioning Bolton's impressive win at Aston Villa very much. Here's something to rectify that, though, with some stats courtesy of Infostrada Sports.

    Bolton's win tonight was their sixth Premier League away win this season. The only PL team to be relegated while picking up at least six wins on the road were Crystal Palace in 1997/1998. The Trotters have lost the other 11 away matches this PL season, making them the only club yet to play out a draw away from home.

  16.  

    British number one tennis player Andy Murray at the Nou Camp on Twitter: "Amazing effort from Chelsea, great atmosphere."

  17. 2228: 

    Chelsea manager Roberto Di Matteo, who has only been in charge since 4 March and had already taken his team into the FA Cup final, speaks about reaching the Champions League final too: "It's an incredible achievement by this group of players. A lot of people had written us off. We didn't expect to play with 10 men and it was more difficult than we expected. But it just shows you what we are made of.

    And on John Terry's red card: "He is a fantastic leader. Anybody can make a mistake in life. Am I angry with him? No, I'm not. We're all human beings and make mistakes."

  18.  

    From a Liverpool fan: "And that is why we love football. What a game. Tonight, Chelsea, you were all heroes (Terry excepted). Go on and win it for English football."

  19. 2222: 

    By the way, I don't think I will be alone in saying I could watch Chelsea's first goal of the game all night. If you haven't seen what was an absolutely delicious lofted finish by Ramires to turn the tie on its head, then you need to as soon as possible. It's a simply magical strike.

  20.  

    OptaJoe on Twitter: "20 - Years since Bar\u00e7a last failed to win after being 2 goals ahead at the Nou Camp in the Champions League (2-3 vs CSKA Nov 92). Crumble."

  21. 2220: 

    Speaking of Didier Drogba, here is the Chelsea striker on what it feels to reach the Champions League final: "In eight years I think we have been in the semi-finals five or six times. It's a great achievement but now we have to win it.

    "We are sad for John Terry. Gary Cahill, I think, is going to recover but John and Branislav Ivanovic are going to be banned for the final and we've got our feet on the ground because we have lost two of our best players. But nobody expected us to get there."

  22. 2216: 

    As well as those four Chelsea players who are suspended for the final, there must be question marks over whether Gary Cahill will be fit for the final after he was forced off with a pulled hamstring in the first half (doesn't that all seem a long, long time ago now!). Although, having seen his defensive efforts tonight, I'm pretty sure Didier Drogba could do a decent shift at centre-back if need be.

  23.  

    Dave Clements on Twitter: "Impossible to insult Chelsea for the defensive display, it was tactically perfect. Full credit to Di Matteo."

  24.  

    Jamie Bird on Twitter: "To play like that, ride your luck and get a result thanks to a much-maligned ex-LFC striker deserves credit. Well done Bolton!"

  25.  

    Tom Duncan on Twitter: "What must Villas Boas be thinking? Unbelievable game, what a result. So proud to be a Blue."

  26.  

    Spoiler from London: "Great game. Would love to see Chelsea vs Madrid in the final. Mourinho would love nothing else!"

  27. 2229: 

    Chelsea skipper John Terry on his red card which will rule him out of the Champions League final: "It does look bad on the replay. I raised my knee but hopefully the people out there who know me, know I'm not that kind of player.

    "I feel as though I let them (team-mates) down. I have apologised to them and I apologise to the Chelsea fans. At the time I was bewildered, But looking at the replay it looks a red card. On a personal note, of course (it hurts I miss the final). But we deserve to be in the Champions League final. I really hope that doesn't take away from this win."

  28.  

    Former England cricket captain Michael Vaughan on Twitter: "Hope everyone is celebrating a English team reaching the final...Well done Chelsea..."

    Tottenham and England defender Kyle Walker on Twitter: "All I'm saying is what a game I have just watched, football is mad but that's why its so great and we love it."

    World number one golfer Rory McIlroy on Twitter: "Unbelievable defending from Chelsea!! Good to see an English team in the final... Chelsea-Real Madrid final would be feisty!"

  29.  

    From Olly in Cambridge: "Actually a better performance from Chelsea than the incredibly lucky first leg. Best European performance? No. The best performance will be when a side plays football and beats Barcelona."

  30.  

    Craig from West Brom: "Great night of football tonight - an English club in Champions League final and the Villa on the way down."

    Villa's next game? A trip to The Hawthorns at the weekend. Not what Alex McLeish needs right now.

  31.  

    From Tim in London: "As a Spurs fan, I have to congratulate Chelsea. They showed everything that has been missing from Spurs the last few months. On the plus side for us, they will hopefully be distracted now and with the players they have out for the final, maybe we will sneak into the CL for next year after all."

  32.  

    Opta Joe on Twitter: "8 - Games played by Lionel Messi against Chelsea without scoring, four more than against any other club (Rubin Kazan - 4). Rival."

  33.  

    Darren 'worried Villa fan' in Redditch: "Forget 'worried Newcastle fan' what about worried villa fan?! The McRelegator is on course for his third relegation in four Premier League seasons! Hate to say it but we told you so Mr Lerner."

  34. 2201: 

    Apologies for not giving more attention to Bolton's vital win at Aston Villa in the wake of what has happened in Barcelona. Those three points against a lacklustre Villa team take Wanderers up a place to 18th and within a point of QPR and Wigan who are immediately above them. Alex McLeish's side are perilously placed in 15th, two points better off.

  35.  

    Chelsea midfielder Frank Lampard on John Terry's sending-off which will keep him out of the Champions League final: "I didn't see it but I spoke to John and he said that he ran into the back of him. We win together. If we can go and win it then he will be right up there with us. Our spirit was outstanding, unbelievable. But the clock wasn't half slow in the second half. It was only when Fernando Torres went round the keeper that we felt we were through."

  36. 2158: 

    By the way, the travelling Chelsea fans are still in the top tier of an otherwise empty Nou Camp, but I bet they don't care. Their party has only just started - and they are making an incredible racket.

  37.  

    From worried Newcastle fan: "Fantastic result by Chelsea, but speaking for all Magpies supporters we want them beaten in the final for the sake of our Champions League campaign!"

    If Chelsea win in Munich and finish outside the top four, only the top three in the Premier League will join them in the Champions League next season. Tense times for Arsenal and Tottenham too!

  38.  

    Paul in Manchester: "Watching Torres round Valdez in the last minute to score in the semi-final away from home was reminiscent of Cole doing the same against Juventus in 1999. United played Bayern in the final that year... and it wasn't a bad game! Destiny."

  39.  

    Former Chelsea winger Pat Nevin on BBC Radio 5 live: "All sorts of mad things happened tonight. That team was patched up but it just shows you what you can do when you work hard and have a cause to fight for.

    "The Chelsea players were clearly furious at the sending off of John Terry, they felt that it was somehow unjust. They were wrong of course, it was definitely a red card but Chelsea were magnificent. I don't think I have ever been so surprised in a football game in my entire life."

  40. 2151: 

    I've got to say it will be very interesting to hear Chelsea captain John Terry's reaction to his side's win. He denied any malicious intent for the foul on Alexis Sanchez that saw him sent off after 36 minutes, despite the pretty damning evidence to the contrary on TV replays.

    Terry famously missed the shoot-out penalty that would have seen Chelsea win the 2008 final, but he will not be on the pitch against Real Madrid or Bayern Munich in the final in Munich on 19 May. They will also be without Raul Meireles, Branislav Ivanovic and Ramires, who were all booked tonight.

  41.  

    Blues defender Ashley Cole on his side's dramatic triumph at the Nou Camp:"We all believed - not many people did - but we believed as a team. Three or four months ago no one thought we had a chance but we always believed. You can't beat that desire, fight and spirit you saw out there."

  42.   
    Danny Mills at the Nou Camp, BBC Radio 5 live

    Speaking about Chelsea's win: "I am lost for words. At 2-0 I expected the flood gates to open. It was Ramires who got them back in it. The sending off almost helped Chelsea, as hard as that is to believe.

    "But it helped them to stay compact. They sat on the edge of their box, they didn't chase the ball. They have won ugly but they have won.

    "Messi has to shoulder a lot of the responsibility, he missed a penalty and he was well below his best. What an incredible occasion. How sick do you think John Terry feels now?"

  43.  

    Barry Travis on Twitter: "I'm a United fan through and through, but fair play to Chelsea that was nothing short of HEROIC!"

  44.  

    Chelsea goalkeeper Petr Cech on his side's famous win over Barcelona: "We fought for 90 minutes. What we have done is fantastic and we got our reward because everyone gave 150%. We tried to survive and we survived really well."

  45.  

    Nicolas Jones on Twitter: "Amazing victory not Chelsea fan, but well done Chelsea, hope with final. Will back all the way."

  46.  

    Daniel Hicklin on Twitter: "Everyone should find a nearby hat, put it on, and take it off again in recognition of what Chelsea have just done! Incredible."

  47.  

    Ben Weeks on Twitter: "That was one of the most amazing things I've ever seen in football. Can't say they don't deserve it, they've been brilliant."

  48. 2139: 

    I am trying to think of a more unlikely Champions League win than the one we have just seen. You really could not have made that up. Chelsea were down to 10 men against the holders and had no recognised central defenders left, yet they held out for a memorable victory. That last-gasp Fernando Torres goal was the icing on the cake.

  49.  

    Sam Shepherd on Twitter: "What an extraordinary game. Astonishing. Sensational composure from Torres. Makes me proud to be English."

  50. 2138: 

    Scenes of celebration on the Nou Camp pitch, where the Chelsea players are dancing with joy. Blues boss Roberto di Matteo is wearing the biggest grin you have ever seen on his face, and hugging anyone who comes near him.

  51. 2138: 
    FULL-TIME- Aston Villa 1-2 Bolton
  52.  

    Colm Moore on Twitter: "Torres.. Comes good when it counts! 50million well spent."

  53. 2137: 
    CHAMPAGNE MOMENT- CHELSEA ARE INTO THE CHAMPIONS LEAGUE FINAL
  54. 2137: 
    FULL-TIME- Barcelona 2-2 Chelsea (agg 2-3)
  55. 2135: 
    GOAL- Barcelona 2-2 Chelsea (Fernando Torres, agg 2-3)

    Incredible. Absolutely incredible. That's what \u00a350m buys you. Barca have sent everyone forward so when Chelsea punt the ball upfield, Fernando Torres collects it and runs in unchallenged on goal before rounding Victor Valdes and slotting home. The Blues are going to the Champions League final. There is no stopping them now. Surely?

  56.  

    Cerys Reece on Twitter: "Villa need some of Chelsea's luck right now."

  57. 2134: 

    Just three minutes of stoppage time to be played at the Nou Camp. That is all that stands between Chelsea and the final. Javier Mascherano lets fly from distance but his shot is easily stopped by Petr Cech.

  58. 2132: 
    YELLOW CARD- Chelsea's Raul Meireles

    Another Chelsea player will miss the final if they hang on for the next few minutes. Raul Meireles is shown a yellow card after he lunges in desperately on Javier Mascherano and, like John Terry, Branislav Ivanovic and Ramires, he will be suspended for Munich in May.

  59.  

    Jack Leahy on Twitter: "Cech, Cole, and Mikel - so often criticised - have been nothing short of heroic over the two legs."

  60. 2131: 

    Bolton are playing down the clock at Villa Park and playing keep-ball in the corner, because they are minutes away from what would be a huge win in their fight against relegation.

  61.  

    Ayo Mogaji on Twitter: "If Chelsea pull this off, that Messi penalty miss will haunt him for a long time. Ask John Terry."

  62. 2129: 

    Barca are clearly not going to give this up anytime soon. Lionel Messi is at it again, weaving his way to the edge of the box before trying to find Alexis Sanchez when he could have had a go himself. Sanchez cannot quite collect his pass, and the ball loops up for Petr Cech to collect.

  63. 2129: 

    Just five minutes of the 90 left for Chelsea to hang on. Munich is in sight.

  64.  

    a_thousand_hats on Twitter: "The Barcelona v Chelsea game is perilously close to proving that negative, cynical football beats skill and ability on the ball."

    Not sure about that. This has been a heroic defensive display by Chelsea.

  65.  
    HITS THE WOODWORK

    Alexis Sanchez meets Dani Alves' cross and beats Petr Cech but the flag is up for offside long before it hits the back of the net. Barca keep coming though, and this is their best spell for a while.

    Lionel Messi makes space for a shot on the edge of the box and his low shot is creeping inside Cech's left-hand post until the Blues keeper gets a fingertip to it to claw it on to the woodwork.

  66.  

    Matthew Guinness on Twitter: "Got a feeling this will come down to whether Petr Cech pulls off a brilliant save at the crucial moment or not."

  67. 2125: 

    This has been an incredible defensive display by Chelsea's 10 men. Jose Mourinho eat your heart out.

  68.  

    Kurt Sullivan on Twitter: "Defending like Chelsea are right now is as much of an art as attacking. It's as much a part of the beautiful game."

  69. 2123: 
    SUBSTITUTION

    Chelsea make their final change, with Fernando Torres on for Didier Drogba. We are into the last 10 minutes of the 90 and it remains 2-1 to Barca on the night, 2-2 on aggregate, with Chelsea leading on away goals. The final is in sight for Roberto di Matteo's men.

  70. 2122: 

    So, are Chelsea going to do this, or what? Sergio Busquets blazes over when Barca finally get a sight of Petr Cech's goal - and they have not had too many of those since that Lionel Messi penalty miss.

  71.   
    Danny Mills at the Nou Camp, BBC Radio 5 live

    "Barcelona could almost take Victor Valdes off and put another centre forward on, such is the level of their dominance. Maybe I am wrong, but I think I am starting to believe that Chelsea can actually do this.

    "Barcelona are used to people chasing them, closing them down. Chelsea are just standing there making Barcelona beat them and at the moment they don't look like they know how."

  72.  

    Robin Higson on Twitter: "Hopefully this Chelsea performance will quell any debates about how good the Premier League is. This is the sixth best team in England."

  73. 2120: 

    Not much of a response from Villa, who look deflated by those two quick-fire Bolton goals.

  74. 2120: 

    Still no way through for Barca. Their pressure is relentless, though. It is like attack versus defence... and, at the moment, defence is on top.

  75.  

    Joseph Trotter on Twitter: "Respect to the referee; got all the big decisions right using the team at his disposal."

  76.  

    Chris Devaney on Twitter: "This game shows there is not another player in the world like Didier Drogba - Chelsea would be mad to get rid of him."

  77.  

    Prince nnaji on Twitter: "Messi has been out of this game after that penalty miss."

  78.  

    Andy in London: "I have never been so depressed with my beloved Villa. It breaks me to say it, but we deserve to be relegated with the form we've shown this season, and I honestly think we will be. Sad, sad times."

  79. 2118: 
    SUBSTITUTION

    Another Barca change. Cesc Fabregas is replaced by Seydou Keita.

  80. 2117: 

    Chelsea have got everyone back on the edge of their own area and Barca cannot find a way though. The Blues may not have a recognised central defence, but they have got enough numbers back there to make it work.

  81. 2115: 
    YELLOW CARD

    More stop-start stuff. Lionel Messi drags back Frank Lampard to earn himself a booking, and Lampard cleans out Cesc Fabregas moments later to join him in being shown a yellow card. The clock keeps ticking down too - just 17 minutes of the 90 to go.

  82. 2114: 
    SUBSTITUTION

    Villa make a change, with Gabriel Agbonlahor on for Emile Heskey. Bolton, meanwhile, have replaced David Ngog with Ivan Klasnic.

  83. 2114: 

    Finally play is stopped so Didier Drogba can get some attention. Barca are not happy about it, though. They are lacking any sort of rhythm right now and these delays are not helping them.

  84.   
    Phil McNulty at Villa Park, BBC Sport Chief Football Writer

    "Astonishing turnaround at Villa Park. From celebrating a deserved lead there is now real anxiety as Bolton look to protect a precious lead."

  85.  

    Robin Romei on Twitter: "Barcelona don't deserve to get through, no ugrency, no threat in the air, slow. Pedestrian."

  86. 2113: 

    Didier Drogba is down. But Barcelona are playing on.

  87. 2113: 

    Another sniff for Chelsea, with Salomon Kalou almost getting on the end of a curling ball into the Barca box. It looks like he will be first to it, but he seems to hesitate at the vital moment and Barca get men back to mop up.

  88. 2111: 
    SUBSTITUTION

    Barca are making a change, with young forward Tello on for Isaac Cuenca. They have got 22 minutes of the 90 left to find a way past Chelsea's 10 men.

  89. 2109: 

    The goals are flying in at Villa Park, but what's happening at the Nou Camp? Chelsea are going close to a second goal, that's what. Branislav Ivanovic is well-placed to meet a corner but his close-range back-header flies wide. He knows he should have scored, and so does his manager.

  90.  

    Tom Dineen on Twitter: "Everything points to a Barca win - the crowd, the numbers, home advantage . . . Yet I have a hunch Chelsea may hold out."

  91.  

    Anthony Percival on Twitter: "Once Barcelona get one here the flood gates are going to be WIDE open."

  92. 2106: 
    GOAL- Aston Villa 1-2 Bolton (David Ngog, 63 mins)

    Talk about a turnaround. Wanderers are ahead after a neat build-up down the right ends with Gretar Steinsson feeding Chris Eagles, who dances past a couple of defenders before squaring for David Ngog to bury a low shot into the back the net. Big trouble for Villa. That was their second goal in the space of 60 seconds.

  93. 2105: 
    GOAL- Aston Villa 1-1 Bolton (Martin Petrov, pen, 63 mins)

    Villa don't lead for long, though. Mark Davies bursts into the Villa area and is tripped by Carlos Cuellar. Referee Chris Foy points to the spot and Martin Petrov fires his penalty high into the net.

  94. 2105: 
    PENALTY to Bolton
  95. 2103: 
    YELLOW CARD- Chelsea's Petr Cech

    The Barca crowd have been on Petr Cech's back for time-wasting since the first couple of minutes of the match and their whistles have had an effect. Turkish referee Cuneyt Cakir shows him a yellow card for dawdling just a little bit too long.

  96. 2102: 

    When a Chelsea player picks up the ball they rarely have a team-mate free, or in front of them, so they have little choice but to take on their man. Didier Drogba does just that, jinking to the half-way line before letting fly with an audacious bouncing shot that zips off the turf and forces a flying save from Victor Valdes... who I think made a bit of a meal of that.

  97. 2103: 
    GOAL- Aston Villa 1-0 Bolton (Stephen Warnock, 61 mins)

    Villa make the breakthrough, with Charles N'Zogbia surging to the by-line before sending over a dangerous low cross which is met by a completely unmarked Stephen Warnock.

  98. 2103: 

    In one of the slowest substitutions I have ever seen. Juan Mata strolls off to be replaced by Salomon Kalou. Just over half an hour left and it remains 2-1 on the night, 2-2 on aggregate.

  99. 2059: 

    Bolton's best effort of the night sees a 30-yard Chris Eagles free-kick beaten away by Shay Given. That game is 0-0 and also very much in the balance.

  100.  

    Saqueeb Rajan on Twitter: "This game has had almost everything except a Torres winner...stay tuned..."

  101.  

    Callum Leslie-Draper "MISSED PENALTY - Barcelona's Lionel Messi when do you ever, EVER see those words?"

  102. 2059: 

    Chelsea have all 10 of their players back in their own half so, when they do win the ball back, they can never keep hold of it for very long.

    When Ramires tries to run the ball forward himself, he loses out and Barca swarm forward in a move that ends when Alexis Sanchez meets a Dani Alves cross at the back post but heads a fraction wide.

  103.   
    Danny Mills at the Nou Camp on BBC Radio 5 live, BBC Radio 5 live

    "We have seen two or three opportunities for Lionel Messi to score this evening and he hasn't taken any of them. Is he ever going to score against Chelsea - is it Chelsea's night, perhaps? You just start to wonder. Are Chelsea by some strange twist of fate going to survive the second half with no centre halves?"

  104.  

    Conor Hogan on Twitter: "And Messi's Chelsea jinx continues..."

  105. 2056: 
    YELLOW CARD

    Two more bookings in the middle of that chaos. Branislav Ivanovic was shown a yellow for protesting against the penalty and he, like Ramires and John Terry will miss the final IF Chelsea get there.

    Barca's Andres Iniesta has also just been booked, for a foul on Didier Drogba.

  106. 2053: 
    MISSED PENALTY- Barcelona's Lionel Messi

    Incredible. Chelsea survive, and they are still ahead on away goals.

    Not much contact here, if any at all, for the penalty. But Cesc Fabregas goes to ground over Didier Drogba's outstretched leg and the referee points to the spot.

    Lionel Messi steps up, looking for his 64th goal of the season... but fires against the bar. What a time to miss, and he still hasn't scored a goal against Chelsea.

  107. 2052: 
    PENALTY to Barcelona
  108.  

    James Hobden on Twitter: "That's a dreadful decision to red card Terry. Just seen replays and it's a yellow at most very harsh."

  109.  

    Salman Khan on Twitter: "All this hype over one goal. Barca have 45 mins against 10 men who are playing average at best. Plenty more goals to come."

  110. 2050: 

    Here they come again, though, and this time Branislav Ivanovic does brilliantly to block Andres Iniesta's goalbound shot from the edge of the area.

  111. 2050: 

    Barca are instantly on the attack, but Cesc Fabregas is crowded out on the left-hand side of the area.

  112. 2049: 

    And Barca start the second half at the Nou Camp. A reminder that if the score stays the same, 10-man Chelsea - who have lost both their recognised centre-backs - will reach the final on away goals.

  113. 2048: 

    We are back under way at Villa Park. Bolton have made a change, with Kevin Davies on for Ryo Miyaichi, who was injured at the end of the first half. 0-0 in that one.

  114.  

    Sean Michael Jones on Twitter: "There's a huge game going tonight. Villa are holding the might of Bolton."

  115. 2047: 

    A few of you are making the Roy Keane-Ramires comparison. But Chelsea need a few more of their players to have the best 45 minutes of their lives to have any chance here.

  116.  

    Ryan Martin on Twitter: "The Ramires situation is just like Roy Keane for Man United in 1999 against Juventus. Difference is Ramires is playing against the best club side ever!"

  117.  

    Tom Moss on Twitter: "Perhaps the cheekiest goal scored against Barca this season?"

  118.  

    Prince nnaji on Twitter: "A pure Brazilian goal from Ramires. Barca would have wished they scored that type of goal."

  119.  

    Alex Whittingham on Twitter: "Booking yes, sending off no, but you cannot be sent off if you don't react in the first place!"

  120. 2044: 

    It is a bit like Escape to Victory for Chelsea now - and I bet John Terry wishes he could tunnel his way out of the Nou Camp. His moment of madness means his side are down to 10 men, but can they hang on for what would be a truly remarkable result? Tweet me @chris bevan using the hashtag #bbcfootball or by texting in on 81111 (UK). Make sure YOU PUT YOUR NAME on those texts though.

  121.   
    Phil McNulty at Villa Park, BBC Sport Chief Football WriterHALF-TIME- Aston Villa 0-0 Bolton

    "Aston Villa have been excellent in every department other than taking the chances they have created. And this is what will give Bolton hope after the interval."

  122.  
    HALF-TIME- Barcelona 2-1 Chelsea (agg 2-2)

    Phil Dawkes reports: "What a remarkable final 10 minutes of that half. Somehow Chelsea are back in it after seemingly being destined for a drubbing. The next 45 minutes with 10 men is going to be the tallest of tall orders for the Blues, but as it stands they are going to Munich."

  123.  

    Dhermo on Twitter: "Centre midfield engine. Booked & set to miss the final. Goal to spark a revival. Ramires been reading Roy Keane's biography?"

  124.   
    Danny Mills at the Nou Camp on BBC Radio 5 live, BBC Radio 5 live

    "What a game we have got now and what a goal. Ramires is going to be out of the final, which has to be in his head. To do that after he's just been booked to miss the final is exceptional. It was a magnificent finish."

  125.  

    Theo Kabala on Twitter: "JT should know better we know Barca have a tendency to go down easy, why give them a chance like that?"

  126.  

    Gray Larkin on Twitter: "I want to know what is going through John Terry's mind right now. Though Sanchez play acted a bit how can that hit be justified?"

  127.  

    Adrian Tang on Twitter: "What an absolutely beautiful Chelsea goal! An amazing finish by Ramires #bbcfootball so sweet."

  128. 2035: 
    HALF-TIME- Aston Villa 0-0 Bolton
  129. 2035: 
    HALF-TIME- Barcelona 2-1 Chelsea (agg 2-2)

    Time for us all to get our breath back.

  130. 2033: 
    GOAL- Barcelona 2-1 Chelsea (Ramires, 46 mins, agg 2-2)

    Er, where on earth does this come from? Ramires, who was booked in the aftermath of Barca's second goal and will miss the final if Chelsea make it, puts his side back in the tie in spectacular fashion. The Blues burst down the right and the Brazilian runs on to a Frank Lampard pass before deftly lifting the ball over Victor Valdes for what is an absolutely world-class finish.

    If the score stays like this (unlikely, I know), then Chelsea are going to Munich.

  131. 2030: 
    GOAL- Barcelona 2-0 Chelsea (Andres Iniesta 44 mins, agg 2-1)

    Chelsea desperately needed to go in at the break level on aggregate but instead they will go in behind. Barca rip through them again, with Lionel Messi setting up Andres Iniesta to slip his shot past the hopelessly exposed Petr Cech. John Terry has got a lot of explaining to do at half-time.

  132. 2029: 

    More juggling at the back for Chelsea's 10 men - Jose Bosingwa and Branislav Ivanovic are now playing at the centre of their defence. We have three minutes of the first 45 to go.

  133.   
    Danny Mills at the Nou Camp on BBC Radio 5 live, BBC Radio 5 live

    On John Terry's red card: "It is a soft sending off but he's tried a bit of intimidation and raised his knee to let him know he is around. It is old fashioned centre-half play. I think it's maybe a booking but I can see why the officials have given it."

  134. 2026: 
    HITS THE WOODWORK

    In the midst of all that drama at the Nou Camp, Stephen Warnock fires against the Bolton bar from the edge of the area with a sweet first-time strike. Still 0-0 at Villa Park.

  135.  

    MJ-12 on Twitter: "Complete and utter madness. I can't believe what I've seen witnessed."

  136. 2024: 
    RED CARD- Chelsea's John Terry (36 mins)

    Just what is John Terry thinking here? He knees Alexis Sanchez in the back on the edge of the Chelsea area. Sanchez goes to ground, and Turkish referee Cuneyt Cakir brandishes a red card. Chelsea are without their captain and are without most of their defence. Jon Obi Mikel is playing at centre-back at the moment.

  137. 2022: 
    GOAL- Barcelona 1-0 Chelsea (Busquets 35 mins, agg 1-1)

    It has been coming. For once, the Chelsea defence goes AWOL from a corner which is half-cleared and Dani Alves finds Isaac Cuenca down the left to play in Sergio Busquets, who breaks the deadlock.

  138.  

    Lucas Green on Twitter: "A battle between technically better and tactically better."

  139. 2021: 

    The home supporters are accusing Didier Drogba of play-acting now, feigning an injury to break up play. Surely not?

  140. 2020: 

    The Barca fans feel Petr Cech is taking too long taking his goal-kicks. The Chelsea keeper is never in any rush to restart play, shall we say.

  141.  

    Dave Newman on Twitter: "Yes Barcelona are the better team but come on if you award games to the better team always why bother playing at all!"

  142. 2019: 
    YELLOW CARD- Chelsea's Jon Obi Mikel (31 mins)

    Not much doubt about this one, with Jon Obi Mikel catching Alexis Sanchez as he checks past him.

  143. 2018: 

    They may look like Tottenham (kit-wise) but Chelsea are playing (a bit) like Stoke. Again Chelsea launch it long, and again Victor Valdes has to dash from his line to deny Didier Drogba.

  144. 2017: 

    About half an hour in at a very wet Villa Park and Bolton force Shay Given into his first save. Ryo Miyaichi finds space to fire in from a tight angle but the Villa keeper stops it comfortably.

  145.  

    Danny Mills at the Nou Camp on BBC Radio 5 live: "Chelsea have done pretty well. There have been a couple of chances for Messi and Fabregas but so far Petr Cech hasn't had too much to do considering the amount of possession Barca have had."

  146.  

    Mic Medeska "Feel like I'm watching American Football with all these stoppages. Excitement. Whistle. Excitement. Whistle. Excitement.."

  147. 2014: 

    Chelsea are going for the Petr Cech-Didier Drogba long ball link-up, while Barca are trying to walk it in. Their intricate passing is stretching the Blues defence but they are defending well when it comes into their area - Branislav Ivanovic stretches to deny Lionel Messi and break up the latest attack from the home side.

  148.  

    Chris Bath on Twitter: "Roman Abramovich will be busy commissioning a bronze statue of Petr Cech if he keeps Barca out tonight."

  149. 2012: 
    SUBSTITUTION

    Ah. That knock on the head has clearly affected Barca defender Gerard Pique and he is coming off, to be replaced by Dani Alves. Pique was brushed aside very easily by Didier Drogba just then, and was clearly struggling. We have had 25 minutes at the Nou Camp and the score is still 0-0.

  150. 2011: 

    Didier Drogba goes a lot closer this time, latching on to a long Petr Cech punt, holding off Gerard Pique and advancing down the left by-line before firing into the side netting. Chelsea are going route one, but who can blame them?

  151. 2007: 

    Bolton are hanging on a bit too, although comparing Villa to Barcelona seems a bit over the top. Anyway, Adam Bogdan denies Emile Heskey as Alex McLeish's men find a way through the Wanderers defence.

  152. 2010: 

    What's this? Yes, Chelsea have had a shot on goal. Didier Drogba swivels to hook a dropping ball goalwards from near the left-hand corner of the area. It was worth a pop, but it loops harmlessly over.

  153.   
    Phil McNulty at Villa Park, BBC Sport Chief Football Writer

    "Aston Villa are the team showing the positive intent but no sign of a breakthrough yet - which has rather been at the root of manager Alex McLeish's problems this season."

  154.  

    Jonathan Brook on Twitter: "It looks like Barca can open up Chelsea more often than I did the Christmas Roses. *other tinned chocolates are available."

  155. 2007: 

    Alexis Sanchez, Cesc Fabregas and Lionel Messi link up like lightning again, with Messi running on to a Fabregas flick to fire in a low shot that Petr Cech manages to get something in the way of.

    A great stop, and Chelsea will hope it is the first of many.

  156. 2006: 

    Gerard Pique is back on, after a heavy dose of smelling salts. Barca have the ball, and are coming forward again...

  157.  

    Paul Winrow on Twitter: "The gap between Chelsea's defence and midfield is something like 5 yards - talk about parking the bus!"

  158. 2005: 

    So it's probably a good idea for Roberto di Matteo's men to take the direct approach. Petr Cech launches it long and Didier Drogba is up and challenging Victor Valdes inside the Barca box. Valdes deals with the danger but inadvertently takes out Gerard Pique as he jumps to collect the ball. Pique is out for the count.

  159. 2002: 

    Chelsea just cannot keep hold of the ball, because Barca are pressing them hard even when the Blues are in their own half.

  160.  

    Capital R on Twitter: "10 mins in and they already are all over Chelsea.. Can they hold on for 80 more minutes??"

  161. 2000: 

    Those early Villa chances have dried up by the way. Bolton are still on the back foot but showing signs of getting back into things.

  162.  

    Danny Mills at the Nou Camp on BBC Radio 5 live: "Barcelona are almost bewildering to watch. They zip the ball around and Messi is dropping deep causing real problems and giving John Terry and Gary Cahill no-one to mark."

  163.  

    Chris Bath on Twitter: "I'm hiding behind the sofa - like watching Dr Who when I was 6."

  164. 1958: 
    SUBSTITUTION

    Nope, Gary Cahill cannot continue and his big night is over after 12 minutes. Here comes Jose Bosingwa instead. He is in for a busy time.

  165. 1957: 

    This Barca pressure is absolutely relentless, but Chelsea are holding out. Gary Cahill is down to one leg at the moment - even so, you could argue he is still a better defender than Jose Bosingwa.

  166. 1956: 

    Nope, Jose Bosingwa is going back to the dug-out, for now. It appears John Terry signalled for Gary Cahill to be given more time.

  167.  

    Alan Fraser on Twitter: "On the basis of the first six minutes, this could be a VERY long night for Chelsea..."

  168.  

    Not much respite for Chelsea at the moment. Gary Cahill is back on the pitch, but it looks like Jose Bosingwa is coming on. You would not call Bosingwa 'Mr Reliable' at the back, would you?

  169.   
    Phil McNulty, BBC Sport Chief Football Writer at Villa Park

    "Applause now ringing around Villa Park after 6 minutes for Fabrice Muamba."

  170. 1954: 

    It looks like hamstring trouble for Gary Cahill, and he looks in a spot of bother here. The home fans are jeering because they think the Blues are time wasting, but this looks a genuine injury. Cahill is off the pitch and I don't think he can continue.

  171. 1953: 

    Meanwhile, Barca are still probing, and this time Xavi weaves his way into the area. Gary Cahill, stretching to try to stop him, seems to have pulled something. He is down and needs treatment.

  172. 1951: 

    Villa go close again. Andreas Weimann heads wide from Charles N'Zogbia's cross. Where is Darren Bent when you need him? Answer: still injured, sadly.

  173. 1949: 

    Uh-oh. Here come Barca. Alexis Sanchez and Lionel Messi exchange passes to carve open the Chelsea defence and suddenly Messi is surging into the area. He looks to squeeze his shot between Petr Cech and his left-hand post but gets it wrong, for once, and finds the side netting instead.

  174. 1949: 

    Another sniff of goal for Villa, who don't normally create this many openings in 90 minutes, let alone the first two. Emile Heskey fires high and wide from inside the area.

  175. 1947: 
    KICK-OFF- Barcelona v Chelsea (1945 BST)

    Chelsea kick-off, so they don't have to wait to touch the ball. They go straight for the jugular too, with Ashley Cole's dangerous cross being well dealt with by Victor Valdes.

  176. 1947: 

    Villa's first chance comes in the first minute, and it's a good one too. Marc Albrighton's corner is headed over from six yards by Chris Herd, who should have done a lot better from there. His manager Alex McLeish simply cannot believe he missed it.

  177. 1945: 
    KICK-OFF- Aston Villa v Bolton

    We are under way at Villa Park. No anthems there.

  178.  

    Amrit Mann on Twitter: "Re Rush 1925: Yes Busquets is a little prone to making the most of contact. But not as much as is made out. An excellent player."

  179. 1944: 

    We've just had the Champions League anthem at the Nou Camp. But which of these teams will hear it again in Munich next month?

  180. 1943: 

    Mind you, we know what the last team wearing white at the Nou Camp did, don't we?*

    Real Madrid won 2-1 on Saturday, in case you were wondering and couldn't click on that link.

  181.  

    Tim Whatmough on Twitter: Re Dagger 1925: "What about Leon Britton? Better than Xavi I hear, ensuring Swansea are always in possession... in their own half."

  182. 1942: 

    Chelsea are wearing their third or fourth kit. Either way it looks like nothing I've ever seen them play in before. It's white, with a yellow and blue stripe. It looks like it could be Tottenham's strip for next season, actually.

  183. 1941: 

    Right then. The players are in the tunnel at the Nou Camp, and at Villa Park too. How are you lot feeling? Confident? Nervous? Or Scared?

  184.  

    Anthony Percival on Twitter: "Interesting to see that John Terry has gone with the same team selection from the first leg."

  185.  

    From Alfie Jones on Twitter: "Barca are so unique. Crazily attacking line-up. Foolish or masterstroke? No idea! Come on the Chelse!"

  186.  

    Matt at Villa Park: "Predicting another 0-0 dreary performance to limp over the finish line. If we lose - sack McLeish. If we win we are safe - and sack McLeish.

  187.  

    From QPR supporter Bril from Kent: "As a Hoops fan, gotta be hoping for a Villa win. Looking at the run in: Blackburn look pretty doomed with tricky away games, and even if they do beat Wigan at home I'd expect the Latics to turn over Wolves at their place. That leaves Bolton, who have it all in their own hands... not sure they've got it in their legs though."

  188.  

    Keith Knight on Twitter: "Key battles tonight Mikel v Messi and Piqu\u00e9 v Drogba. Match about about even?! Come on #cfc"

  189. 1930: 
    Barcelona v Chelsea (1945 BST)

    Chelsea revert to the side that started the first leg, meaning only goalkeeper Petr Cech and defenders John Terry and Gary Cahill are retained from the 0-0 draw with Arsenal at the weekend. Didier Drogba returns to lead the line.

    Barcelona make four changes from Saturday's home defeat to Real Madrid. Gerard Pique replaces Dani Alves in defence, while Cesc Fabregas, Isaac Cuenca and Alexis Sanchez come in for Adriano, Thiago and Tello.

  190. 1930: 
    Aston Villa v Bolton (1945 BST)

    Injuries mean Aston Villa make three changes from the side that drew against Sunderland. James Collins, Stephen Ireland and Gabriel Agbonlahor are out and Alan Hutton, Stephen Warnock and Emile Heskey come in.

    Just one change for Bolton as David N'gog replaces Kevin Davies, who is on the bench.

  191.  

    Stephen Coombes on Twitter: "Heskey playing for Villa tonight. Looks like Aston Villa are parking the bus and going for a goalless draw."

  192. 1925: 
    LINE-UPS- Aston Villa v Bolton (1945 BST)

    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)

  193. 1925: 
    LINE-UPS- Barcelona v Chelsea (1945 BST)

    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)

  194.   
    Phil McNulty at Villa Park, BBC Sport Chief Football WriterAston Villa v Bolton (1945 BST)

    Aston Villa's home record so far this season is the worst in their history, with only four wins and only two games left to equal their previous low of six victories. Manager Alex McLeish said: "Our record at home is rotten. It's not something we are proud of. It's something we can't do anything about now but we've got to do something about the next game. We've got to go all out to win it."

  195.  

    From Chris: "People have gotta get on the 2 B's tonight... Both Barca & Bolton to win by two clear goals."

  196.  

    Rush on Twitter: "Didier Drogba and Sergio Busquets on the same field....expect to see constant theatrics."

  197.  

    From Dagger in Peterborough, on Chelsea's chances: "They did it in January, when they drew 1-1 at the Liberty Stadium. Same test tonight, and same scoreline will take them through!"

    Yes, but that was against 'Barcelona-lite' wasn't it!?

  198.   
    Phil McNulty at Villa Park, BBC Sport Chief Football WriterAston Villa v Bolton (1945 BST)

    Bolton manager Owen Coyle insists he will not look to results elsewhere to get his side out of the bottom three. He wants his side to earn their own salvation, saying: "If we get a positive result then the whole picture changes very quickly. We're not relying on anyone, we're relying on ourselves and if you want anything done then you're better doing it yourself."

  199.  

    Blue Square PR manager Alan Algar on Twitter: "Dmitri Kharine warming up the Luton Town keepers, he asked for a TV on the bench to watch #CFC #BSBP"

    Kharine played for the Blues between 1992 and 1999, and featured in a European Cup Winners' Cup semi-final. The Russian ended his career at Hornchurch.

  200.  

    From Darren in Bristol: "Fear? None of it Christopher. Fully confident of a Bolton victory tonight at Villa Park. 2-1 to The Trotters."

  201.  

    From Michael: "Can you give a shout to all the Luton fans who have made the long journey up to Gateshead? A win tonight and we guarantee a play-off place. Anything else and it's a straight scrap between Luton and Kidderminster on Saturday!"

  202.  

    Former Leeds defender Danny Mills at the Nou Camp on BBC Radio 5 live: "In the last couple of games we've seen Barca are susceptible to being hit on the break. Chelsea will be a threat from set-pieces. The only issue is getting set-pieces but first you have to get the ball. Drogba will cut a lone figure and he has to be even better than the first leg. He will have to play for fouls at times to break Barca's fluidity."

  203.  
    Barcelona v Chelsea (1945 BST)

    Phil Dawkes reports: Barcelona coach Pep Guardiola has rejected suggestions that Chelsea have a fitness advantage ahead of tonight's Champions League semi-final second leg. Only three of the Blues team from the first leg played in the goalless draw at Arsenal on Saturday, while Barca were involved in a gruelling el Clasico defeat against rivals Real Madrid.

    "It is not tired in the legs, maybe in the mind, but we are going to try not to be tired in our heads," said Guardiola. "Anyway in this situation, the semi-final of the Champions League, it doesn't matter if we played three days ago or yesterday, we will be ready to compete to try to reach the final."

  204.  

    Capital R "Can't see Barcelona being that unlucky (again), two games in a row against Chelsea... Barcelona should win tonight."

  205.  

    From a Luton fan excited for Gateshead v Luton: "Hello tension I believe! Must win game obviously so we confirm our place in the play-offs and then hopefully 'Bucklevision' will see us to success at Wembley in May and we can take our place where we belong - the Football League! If we lose, I fear losing at Fleetwood on Saturday not making the play-offs and another season in the Conference will kill the club! Huge game, Come On You Hatters!!! Oh you meant the Barcelona game? Sorry!"

  206.  

    Rob on Twitter: "If Madrid showed anything, it's taking the game to Barca is the way. Chelsea were far luckier than Real to beat Barca."

  207.  
    Barcelona v Chelsea (1945 BST)

    Phil Dawkes reports: Chelsea boss Roberto di Matteo admits his team will need to score if they are to stand a chance of completing a Champions League semi-final victory over a Barcelona side who have scored 102 home goals this season.

    "Barcelona will create chances against every team they play against us so we will have to try to score a goal but we have to also try to limit the chances they create against us," said Di Matteo, whose side hold a 1-0 advantage from the first leg, meaning a goal in Spain will leave Barca needing to score three.

  208.  

    Former Leeds defender Danny Mills at Nou Camp on BBC Radio 5 live, speaking about Chelsea's chances:"They are going to have to be at their very best and ride their luck again. There might be Chelsea players who get very few touches of the ball so they need to be patient."

  209.  

    Donald Akamagwuna on Twitter: "Chelsea's starting line-up has scored a combined 65 official goals this season. Messi has scored 63."

  210.  

    Tom, a student in Plymouth: "Villa fan here, really hoping Big Eck sets out a team to actually go for the win. If we dont get a result tonight, McLeish's days will be numbered!"

  211.  

    Tokunbo on Twitter: "Barcelona play with a three-man defence that turns into a four man-defence when Busquets drops deep. Cuenca to stretch the play."

  212.  

    Jack Willows on Twitter: "As a Chelsea fan (For the night) I'm delighted to see Dani Alves on the bench, he possesses such an attacking threat!"

  213.  

    Jesal Suchak "Chelsea already outclassing Barca - wearing suits to the stadium whilst Messi & co. come in scruffy polo shirts and backpacks."

  214. 1906: 

    So, we are all expecting one-way traffic at Camp Nou tonight. But can Chelsea hold out? And can they complete the job on the counter-attack?

    Over at Villa Park, will the home side find some form, or will Bolton add to Alex McLeish's misery?

    Those are the questions - give me the answers by Tweeting me @chris bevan using the hashtag #bbcfootball or by texting in on 81111 (UK). Make sure YOU PUT YOUR NAME on those texts though.

  215.   
    Phil McNulty at Villa Park, BBC Sport Chief Football WriterAston Villa v Bolton (1945 BST)

    "Aston Villa are still suffering anxiety about a drop into the Premier League relegation zone and they need victory at home to Bolton to feel more secure about survival. Bolton have games in hand on their rivals but manager Owen Coyle end a sequence of three matches without a win."

  216.  
    Barcelona v Chelsea (1945 BST)

    Phil Dawkes reports: "Few expected Chelsea to beat Barcelona at Stamford Bridge last Wednesday. Even fewer expect them to get a result at the Nou Camp that would send them through to the Champions League final.

    "At times in the first leg the Blues rode their luck, something manager Roberto di Matteo has admitted they will need more of tonight if they are to advance. However, Jose Mourinho's Real Madrid showed at the weekend that winning in the Nou Camp is not an impossibility. Di Matteo's men will need to be more resolute than they have ever been. And what they wouldn't give to score first."

  217. 1859: 

    It's not all about the Nou Camp tonight, mind.

    We've got kitchen sink drama of the most nail-biting kind happening in the west midlands too, where Aston Villa are looking to halt their slide towards the Premier League drop zone when they take on fellow strugglers Bolton, who are a lot deeper in relegation trouble.

    It's 30 years since Villa lifted the old European Cup but that triumph must feel like it is light years away for Villa fans now. Alex McLeish's side have just one win to show for their last 11 games and are staring into the abyss rather than at any silverware.

  218. 1854: 

    BREAKING: Chelsea revert to their starting line-up in the first leg, which means Didier Drogba has shaken off a knee injury and only Petr Cech, Gary Cahill and John Terry remain from the team that drew with Arsenal on Saturday.

    Barca boss Pep Guardiola, who was criticised for his team selection against Real, gives recalls to Alexis Sanchez Cesc Fabregas, Gerard Pique and Isaac Cuenca.

    Full line-ups to follow.

  219. 1853: 

    Yes, there is something of a crisis in Catalonia, because the reigning European champions have suffered two straight defeats. Yes, TWO.

    One of those losses came at home to La Liga leaders Real Madrid on Saturday night, the other was in west London a week ago - giving Chelsea a 1-0 lead to protect tonight.

    Will that be enough to see Roberto di Matteo's men through? Not too many people seem to be giving them too much of a chance but I can't see them hoisting the white flag just yet. Just don't expect them to see much of the ball...

  220. 1848: 

    Yep, Chelsea step into the lions' den - otherwise known as the Nou Camp - tonight, knowing they are just 90 minutes and a clean sheet away from a Champions League final against either Real Madrid or Bayern Munich.

    In their way? The kings of the jungle. But is Barcelona's crown starting to slip?

  221. 1844: 

    Evening all. Or should that be 'hello tension', 'hello trepidation'... and 'hello fear'?

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