Probable Lineups

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Probable Lineups Statistical Comparision

(33) 22 Goals 19 (25)
(22) 15 Assists 14 (21)
(7.2) 7.3 Average Ratings 7.1 (6.9)
29.5 Average Age 30.8
176.3 Average Height (cm) 184.2
(1.7) 1.7 Shots pg 1.1 (1.1)
(54%) 50% Aerial Duel Success 70% (62%)
(0.8) 0.8 Dribbles pg 0.8 (0.7)
(1.2) 1.2 Tackles pg 1.5 (1.9)
* Values in brackets (x) are overall player statistics in Champions League Final Stages.

Missing Players

Player Reason Status Rating
Eric Abidal Out 6.82
Andreu Fontás Out 8.23
David Villa Out 7.94
Xavi Doubtful 7.78
Player Reason Status Rating
David Luiz Out 7.03
Didier Drogba Doubtful 7.2

Team News

  • Xavi has been struggling with a knock in recent weeks, and in Barcelona's last 7 games in all competition,s the Spanish pass master has only completed the full 90 minutes once. He was withdrawn after 69 minutes in the Clasico defeat to Real Madrid at the weekend, and although he probably won't be fit enough to play the whole game here, he should be alright to start.
  • Cesc Fabregas and Alexis Sanchez could both return to the starting lineup after making substitute appearances at the weekend, though Pedro is also vying for a starting berth.
  • Villa, Abidal and Fontas remain absent, while Puyol and Mascherano are both one yellow card away from missing the final, should Barcelona make it.
  • Roberto Di Matteo is likely to recall the many players he rested for the trip to Arsenal at the weekend - there is every chance that he will select the same eleven that overcame Barcelona in the first leg. That is, however, dependent on Didier Drogba recovering from the knee injury that kept him out of Saturday's game.
  • David Luiz will definitely miss out with a hamstring injury.
  • Ivanovic, Cole, Ramires and Meireles are the four fit Chelsea players who are one yellow card away from a European suspension.

Prediction

  • The pressure is really on for Barcelona. They have lost back-to-back matches for the first time this season - results that have seen them up against it if they are to make it to the Champions League final and also all but handed the La Liga title to Real Madrid. They will be hopeful that their first loss at home in all competitions this season was just a blip and they can return to winning ways in this game.
  • Chelsea, meanwhile, are unbeaten in 9 games, and have progressed to the final of the FA Cup as well as beating Barcelona in the first leg of this tie. Of course, a trip to the Nou Camp will provide a significantly more difficult test than their other recent games, but given their recent form, and Barcelona's loss to Real, Chelsea will fancy their chances of causing another upset.
  • Chelsea set out defensively in the first leg of this tie, hitting Barcelona on the counter attack to score the only goal of the game. They will probably do the same again here, but the pitch at the Nou Camp is even bigger and Barcelona are extremely good at stretching other teams in order to create space to play their passing game. They will play with extremely high intensity, pressing Chelsea high up the pitch into giving away possession and hoping to induce an error from their opposition. Barcelona may have lost a couple of games, but there is no reason to panic. They have the best group of players in the world and will have to trust in themselves to get the result they need to make it to the final.
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Comments (35)

 
  • For those complaining that Xavi received MotM he did great. He had 21 (i think) more passes completed than Chelsea's whole team. That says how influential of a player he was. Although he did not contribute to the score in any way, he still was the main reason the possession was so high and barca dominated the game.

  • @DarthBlatter - that perhaps outlines the problem with this rating system. The quality and importance of Cech's saves are not taken into account as they are subjective conditions. Perhaps a medium could be found between what the stats say and what we all see

  • The best man of barca yesterday was Alexis

  • I know we are sad, but I'm sure the players are more devastated. We have to support them until the very end. This team does not need to prove itself to anyone. Today, Chelsea knocked them out, but to me this Barcelona team is most dear. Move on Barca, and we'll return stronger than ever next year. VISCA BARCA

  • cech had 4 saves. I know some games that gk save more than 10 saves. if cech gets 9 in this game with only 4 saves what will the other goalkeepers who has 10-15 saves in a game...

  • Xavi 8.3, yeah ! He did nothing and he's man of the match, nice ratings !

  • :(

  • If you didn't know how to rate, don't rate please. Cech deserves at 9 and Drogba deserves at 8. Cole also did a good job, he should at 7.5 or 8.

  • Surely Chelsea did 2 through balls? Lampard's one for Ramires' goal and Lampard's one for Kalou in the second half when he didn't get his shot away?

  • the penalty miss is wrong, it wasnt Sanchez, but Messi.

  • Please sort out your ratings, whoscored! Petr Cech at only 6.9 is truly baffling. That was the best goalkeeping performance I have seen this season!

  • Barca is known for breaking the algorithm or just making it look stupid. It seems that defensive effort is not awarded well enough though. Also a Chelsea player should have received MotM. They're the ones who have gone through. It makes no sense to hand Xavi MotM. Barca are the ones who technically lost even if this game ended as a draw.

  • Especially because the penalty he conceded was likely a dive by the surprisingly unlikeable Fabregas.

  • @Thypot. It's got to be Lampard for MOTM, right? Also, I think whoscored staff should release their own personal take on the ratings for games like this. Clearly needed, and would give them credibility. They could even take into account the statistical events they plug into the algorithm, so their ratings reflect to a degree what the algorithm values. However, Drogba at 5.4 is insane.

  • you definitely need to work on your keeper-ratings and stats...

  • Petr Cech got a rating of 6.9!! WTF??? he was the top player tonight!!!!

  • @Flushed_Zeus The ratings are made by an algorithm, it's not manually added by staff. There isn't a guy sitting in an office saying "Xavi should have a rating of 8.3", it's a computer calculation.

  • This rating system is the worse I've ever seen. Wrong possession, player rating as well. Xavi didn't do anything this game just passed it wide, he could not do anything against Chelseas defence.

  • Ridiculous, indeed, LessBlues. It is the limits of the algorithm system... Congratulations to Chelsea and Di Matteo. Drogba, man of the match. Messi will not recover until next season.

  • Barca go home.. Bye bye tiki taka..

  • haha, Drogba's rating is taking a slaughter because he keeps on losing the ball (I assume). Need a special algorithm for Barca opponents maybe.

  • stupid john terry. dont understand him...

  • too bad for terry

  • RAMIRES!

  • Tot el camp, és un clam som la gent blaugrana, Tant se val d'on venim si del sud o del nord ara estem d'acord, ara estem d'acord, una bandera ens agermana. Blaugrana al vent, un crit valent tenim un nom, el sap tothom: Barça , Barça, Baaarça.! Jugadors, seguidors, tots units fem força. Son molt anys plens d'afanys, son molts gols que hem cridat i s'ha demostrat, i s'ha demostrat, que mai ningu no ens podrà torcer Blau-grana al vent, un crit valent tenim un nom, el sap tothom Barça, Barça, Baaarça!

  • Terry haha

  • lol @ LessBlues

  • Barca will win 3-0 !!!!

  • Is Alistair Tweedale really your name? Sounds like a character in a Jeeves novel. Chelsea 1 - 1 Barca.

  • CHELSEA LONDON

  • HT DRAW

  • When everyone think Barcelona are declining, they will have a flash of pride and will beat Chelsea.

  • Tot el camp, és un clam som la gent blaugrana, Tant se val d'on venim si del sud o del nord ara estem d'acord, ara estem d'acord, una bandera ens agermana. Blaugrana al vent, un crit valent tenim un nom, el sap tothom: Barça , Barça, Baaarça.! Jugadors, seguidors, tots units fem força. Son molt anys plens d'afanys, son molts gols que hem cridat i s'ha demostrat, i s'ha demostrat, que mai ningu no ens podrà torcer Blau-grana al vent, un crit valent tenim un nom, el sap tothom Barça, Barça, Baaarça!

  • It'll be a draw today!

  • Barca??..

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