Chelsea are preparing to host Barcelona at Stamford Bridge on Tuesday night in the first round of the knockout stages of the Champions League and could have a well-timed boost ahead of the clash, according to the club’s official website.

The two sides have met a number of times in the competition and the Blues appear to have the upper hand when it comes to their record.

Chelsea are unbeaten against the Catalan giants in their last seven matches in the tournament, including a famous semi-final victory which led to them lifting the trophy that year.

Antonio Conte’s side have had a mixed run of form in the past couple of weeks, having seen his team being beaten by Watford and Bournemouth in the Premier League, whilst also being knocked out of the League Cup by Arsenal.

Chelsea did, however, record a win against Hull City in the FA Cup on Friday and the Italian manager will be looking for the club to take the momentum from that victory with them.

The Blues will be able to welcome Ross Barkley and Marcos Alonso to the team after both have missed the last three matches with injury.

The former Everton midfielder had been ruled out with another hamstring injury, which has seen his playing time for his new club significantly impacted, whilst the ever-present Spaniard had been ruled out with an ankle problem.

Both returned to Chelsea training on Monday and Conte admitted that could both be set for a role on Tuesday night, although David Luiz and Tiemoue Bakayoko are both unavailable with undisclosed injuries.

The match should see the return of Thibaut Courtois, Cesar Azpilicueta, Eden Hazard, N’Golo Kante and Victor Moses after they all sat out the FA Cup win on Friday with the Barcelona clash firmly in the minds of Chelsea.


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