LONDON — Watch live streaming coverage of the first leg of their Champions League last-16 tie between Chelsea and Barcelona inside Stamford Bridge on Tuesday.
The action begins at 2:45 pm ET and Fox Sports 1 USA will provide the live television coverage. In addition, Fox Sports Go and FOX Soccer Match Pass will have live video stream, while the UEFA Champions League App will stream live audio commentary.
Chelsea will enter the game seeking to enhance their good record against Barcelona, the team they beat 3-2 on aggregate in the semi-finals when they last met in 2012 on their way to winning the crown.
The Premier League champions are unbeaten in their last seven Champions League games against Barcelona, who have also won just one of their six away games against Chelsea in the Champions League (D1 L4).
Still, it is Lionel Messi and the Spanish leaders who enter this clash as the favourites and Blues manager Antonio Conte has admitted that he’s had sleepless nights plotting the best way to take down the visitors who have lost just once all season in all competitions.
“In these days after the game in the FA Cup, I must be honest… it was a bit difficult to sleep well,” Conte said, following the 4-0 victory over Hull City in the FA Cup last Friday.
“When you have to play this type of game, you have to prepare. You have to prepare everything. You have to prepare big things, but the smaller details too.
Conte added: “They can move a result a lot of the time. We have an idea. We have a plan in our heads.
“I think that, in this specific moment, it’s very important to pick the players who are at the top of their form and then try and do our best to win the game.”
Meanwhile, in early team news, Chelsea have revealed that defender David Luiz and midfielder Tiemoue Bakayoko are both injury doubts.
However, full-back Marcos Alonso is set to return to the starting lineup.
For Barcelona, former Liverpool forward Philippe Coutinho, who left Anfield for the Camp Nou in January, is cup-tied and will not be available.