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Albert Ferrer on Barcelona vs. Chelsea and how Luis Enrique is perfect for Blues

Catch up on all the stats and storylines you need to know about ahead of one of the biggest ties of the round of 16 in the Champions League.
The FC guys delve into the rumours that former Barcelona head coach Luis Enrique is the top choice to replace Antonio Conte at Chelsea.
The ESPN FC panel explain why they doubt the Champions League tie between Chelsea and Barcelona will be another instant classic.

BARCELONA -- Albert "Chapi" Ferrer could consider himself a trendsetter. He became the first Spaniard to ever play for Chelsea in 1998, having been part of Johan Cruyff's Dream Team at Barcelona, and was just the second player to turn out for both the Blues and Barca (after Mark Hughes.)

Since Ferrer, another 11 Spanish players have gone on to play for the Premier League champions and the total number of players to have played for both Chelsea and Barca is now up to 13.

Ahead of his two former sides...

Barcelona's Lionel Messi gets another shot at UCL bogey team Chelsea

Chelsea has been Lionel Messi's kryptonite over his career. Here's a recap of Lionel Messi's struggles against the Blues in their eight previous Champions League encounters.

The two club rivals Lionel Messi has faced most often in his record-shredding career are Real Madrid and Atletico Madrid.

Across 72 matches against those La Liga foes, the Argentina international has scored 52 times and won 38 of them. Extraordinary stats.

The English teams who have most often tried to figure out a way to smother Barcelona's No. 10 in the Champions League are, in order, Chelsea, Arsenal, Manchester City and Manchester United.

Against Arsenal, City and United he's scored 17 goals...

Suarez intensity boosts Barcelona as Valverde's men edge past Eibar

Barcelona overcame stubborn opposition in Eibar to continue their unbeaten run in La Liga.
Barcelona overcame stubborn opposition in Eibar to continue their unbeaten run in La Liga.
Barcelona overcame stubborn opposition in Eibar to continue their unbeaten run in La Liga.
Barcelona overcame stubborn opposition in Eibar to continue their unbeaten run in La Liga.
Barcelona overcame stubborn opposition in Eibar to continue their unbeaten run in La Liga.

Barcelona grabbed a first win in three Liga games by winning 2-0 at Eibar, overcoming stubborn opposition from the Basques with a goal in each half from Luis Suarez and Jordi Alba.

Eibar had only lost once in their previous 12 games and made life difficult for the runaway Liga leaders until they had winger Fabian Orellana sent off late on and he was soon followed by coach Jose Luis Mendilibar in being dismissed.

Alba's late strike added to Suarez's 16th-minute opener and clinched a victory that...

Suarez, Alba strike as Barcelona prepare for Chelsea by edging past Eibar

Goals from Luis Suarez and Jordi Alba were enough for Barcelona to see off 10-man Eibar and equal a club-record 31-match unbeaten run in La Liga.
After a full-strength side downed Eibar, Craig Burley assesses Barcelona's performance and how it sets them up for their crunch UCL clash with Chelsea.
Barcelona head coach, Ernesto Valverde believes his side's victory against Eibar was a good test in the build-up to their Champions League game with Chelsea.

EIBAR -- Three quick thoughts on Eibar 0-2 Barcelona in La Liga on Saturday afternoon.

1. Barca prepare for Chelsea test with victory

Barcelona returned to winning ways in La Liga on Saturday with a 2-0 win away at Eibar but you could see why Ernesto Valverde would have preferred an extra day to recover from this one, with Tuesday's Champions League game against Chelsea in mind.

Eibar were the better side for large chunks of the game -- especially in the early stages -- but were undone by the space...

 By Sid Lowe

Exclusive interview: How Ter Stegen got to the top of the goalkeeping world

Layla Anna-Lee caught up with Barcelona goalkeeper Marc-Andre Ter Stegen about his early ambitions to be a striker and what motivates him as a goalkeeper.

There was something wrong with the way Marc-Andre ter Stegen ran, which was lucky. Had there not been, none of this might have happened. He might have given up right then and there, 15 years ago, and you might never have heard of him. He was 10 and playing for Borussia Monchengladbach, where he'd been since the age of 4, when his coach broke the bad news. He was only a kid but there was something in his style that wasn't quite right and maybe never would be either; enough to end it, anyway. "Strange,"...

 By Shaka Hislop

Power Rankings: Barca still top, Man City surge up to No. 3

Shaka Hislop wasn't in the studio to defend himself and his choices for his latest power rankings.

Barcelona and Bayern Munich retain their grip on the top two spots while Man City and Liverpool both enter the top five and Real Madrid rejoin the mix too.

Dropping out: Porto, Shakhtar Donetsk, Manchester United

Agree? Disagree? Let us know, and watch Shaka defend his picks on ESPN FC TV!

Shaka Hislop played for over 10 years in the Premier League and represented Trinidad and Tobago at the 2006 World Cup. Watch him on ESPN FC TV!