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Xavi during the match at Stamford Bridge on October 18th, 2006 / PHOTO: ARXIU FCB

Memory can be selective. Barça’s record against Chelsea isn’t as successful as it would seem seeing that most recent memory in the Culé subconscious features Andrés Iniesta’s stoppage-time goal that gave FC Barcelona a ticket to the final of the Champions League in 2009. However, FC Barcelona haven’t beat the London side in their last five times attempts. The last Catalan victory over Chelsea was in the 2005/06 season, when FC Barcelona won their second ever Champions League title in Paris.

Here's a snapshot of Barça’s last six matches against Chelsea:

VICTORY. Chelsea-FC Barcelona (1-2, February 21st, 2006). Terry, who scored an own goal, and Eto’o overturned Motta’s own goal. Chelsea finished with 10 players, Del Horno was sent off, and Barça came away with a vital victory.

DRAW. FC Barcelona-Chelsea (1-1, March 8th, 2006). Ronaldinho, close to the end of the match, secured passage for FC Barcelona to the next round of the tournament. Frank Lampard equalised in stoppage time through a penalty.  The team would go on to claim the title against Arsenal in Paris.

DEFEAT. Chelsea-FC Barcelona (1-0, October 18th, 2006). Both teams met in the group stages of the Champions League. In London, Drogba won the three points for Chelsea.

DRAW. FC Barcelona-Chelsea (2-2, October 31st, 2006). It was a back-and-forth match at the Camp Nou. Lampard scored the equaliser in stoppage time. Both teams divvied up the points; Chelsea finished first in the group, FC Barcelona finished second.

DRAW. FC Barcelona-Chelsea (0-0, April 28th, 2009). In the away leg of the semifinals of the Champions League at the Camp Nou, FC Barcelona and Chelsea finished the match with a goalless draw. The Catalans deserved a bit more from the game.

DRAW. Chelsea-FC Barcelona (1-1, May 6th, 2009).  Essien opened up the scoring in the first half with a sublime goal. The London side had Barça outnumbered on pitch for most of the game after Éric Abidal was sent off. Andrés Iniesta, with a fantastic goal in stoppage time, earned his team a spot in the Champions League final in Rome.

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