But, all of that will be forgotten once the ball gets moving on the Stamford Bridge turf this evening to kick off what promises to be a thrilling and famous night of European football. You can watch the game on the go as well on Sonyliv app.
Barca's top scorer this season, Lionel Messi, is yet to score in eight appearances against the Blues.
Besiktas will no doubt have their hands full with Bayern's litany of stars, including Polish striker Robert Lewandowski.
Hazard has never given himself a chance of winning the Ballon d'Or, though, and said last year that there are too many players better than him.
"Besiktas are a team that can play football and it's no surprise that they are here".
Messi, 30, has played every match for Barca in 2017-18 apart from the first three rounds of the Copa del Rey, scoring 27 goals in the process.
The Blues have won just four of their last 12 games in all competitions.
"The thing we worked on to negate Messi was trying to deny him space as much as possible and we did it really well".
Conte complained then it was impossible for Italian sides to compete at the latter stages of the Champions League.
Will Messi finally score against Chelsea today? Avram Grant, who has always enjoyed good slices of fortune, benefited from an incredible injury time own goal by John Arne Riise in the quarter-final first leg in 2008 to beat Liverpool in extra time at Stamford Bridge and put the curse to rest.
"The Premier League teams are having a great Champions League and we can't forget we are playing against the current English league champions", Valverde told a news conference. "It would've been suicidal".
Lionel Messi snatched a crucial late away goal for Barcelona as Chelsea carelessly threw away a hard-earned advantage at Stamford Bridge. Alvaro Morata looked out of pace when coming on for Olivier Giroud in the FA Cup win over Hull City and should ideally be on the bench, with the Frenchman leading the attack. That extra mid-fielder might trouble the Argentinian and block his movement.
The US is also committed to maintaining maximum pressure on the North until Pyongyang accepts the precondition. The sources say that Moon worked on Pence to hold a conversation with the North's delegation.
We read articles about the tech rich in the know buying up vast tracts of land in Hawaii, New Zealand, and South America. The Horizons on-line tool can be used to generate ephemerides [a table of coordinates in space] for solar-system bodies.
The campaign uses a previously unseen form of malware designed to hand control of the victim's machine over to the attackers. Signs of discord in the US-South Korea alliance were evident immediately after the announcement.
Massimiliano Allegri's side, finalists in two of the last three years, warmed up for Spurs with a win over Fiorentina last Friday. Basel did their best to make a game of it and created several openings but looked vulnerable every time Manchester City attacked.
The sad truth is that Africa will not form viable democratic societies until the education component of democracy is fulfilled. While Elysee Palace is in touch with Islam experts, academics and intellectuals, the ministry works through its own experts.
House Intelligence Committee chairman Devin Nunes published the memo several minutes after Trump approved its declassification. The Page warrant was not issued until October 21, 2016, and by then, Page was no longer affiliated with the Trump Campaign.
The flagship devices will be powered by the Snapdragon 845 processor and the highlight of the new phones will be the camera. For now, patience will have to be had until they have decided that whatever concerns they had, have been addressed.
She had this lightness and freshness of personality, she was hip and cool in that totally expected and unexpected kind of way . The former First Lady employed a tried-and-tested route many of us will be all too familiar with - the mix tape.
In this picture you can see the S9's 3.5mm headphone combi jack and a speaker port either side of the USB Type-C connector post. The biggest difference between the DeX Station and the DeX Pad is that a Galaxy phone will be laid down flat on the pad.
There were troubling signs in Nikolas' youth, Kumbatovic said, noting that he once sicced a dog on a pig his neighbor owned. No police reports were immediately available for those calls so it was not possible to determine whether Cruz was involved.
Haase made clear he was going to make Federer fight, and broke him in the ninth game and fired an ace to take the set 6-4. He already holds the record for most weeks spent at number one, having topped the rankings for a combined 302 weeks.
The third booster was supposed to come back shortly afterward, but unfortunately it did not fire properly and was lost. With any luck, they'll be so charmed they won't destroy humanity to build an intergalactic freeway bypass.
'We could've played for 10 hours and still not scored'
In an interview with MUTV, the club's official site video channel, Mourinho spoke optimistically and positively about the idea . The January arrival of former Arsenal star Alexis Sánchez also meant that the vacancy for United's new number 7 was filled.
Wall Street rallies for fifth straight session on tech lift
Hong Kong stocks rebounded sharply, with the benchmark Hang Seng Index posting its biggest one-day percentage rise since May 2016. Both indices have two maturity based indices that track bonds in the 3 to 5 years and 5 to 7 year maturity ranges.
The tie is not over yet - Ronaldo warns Madrid
Real Madrid vs PSG in the Champions League round of 16 is one of the biggest fixtures in the football calendar. The doubts over the performance were numerous - the disappearance of Edinson Cavani ... "That was the plan".
Price Hikes at Disney Parks — Wallet Watch
Fortune reports that this represents a 13 percent increase in theme park revenue, which makes it Disney's second-largest division. Disney hasn't confirmed an exact date for the hotel and resort, but Star Wars Galaxy's Edge is expected to open sometime in 2019.
It's a naked marathon in South Korea -- sort of
On Saturday, fans can watch the short dance, women's short program, and pairs free skate as team competition continues. She seems not-so scary, but she shares a similar belief system that has made her brother such a feared authoritarian.