Barcelona vs. Chelsea 1st Leg Preview

UEFA Champions League Semi-Finals 2012

Two teams with history in the Champions League in the semi-finals. A rivalry sparked by controversy that will only stoke the fire growing under the belly of Chelsea fans who have been disappointed by their teams lack of success in recent competitions. What will happen?
Game Time: April 18th 2012 Barcelona vs. Chelsea (2:45 ET 11:45am PT)
Barcelona, the Catalan giants, proclaimed best team in football history, relentless and tireless in their domination of world competition has one focus… “A Champions League victory.” They are well behind Real Madrid in points domestically but are favorites to win the Champions League tournament. Chelsea have an important FA Cup semi-final on the Sunday prior to their Wednesday Champions league meeting against 4th place Tottenham. Chelsea will surely play their best team Sunday, hoping for early results so that they rest key players for Wednesday.
Messi Dominates UEFA Champions League 2012

Barcelona plays Getafe on Saturday prior to their clash with Chelsea. With strong intentions of wrestling the title from Real Madrid, they will likely start a powerful Barca squad. Chances of an upset are small facing La Liga and the Champions League's leading scorer and 3 time player of the year Lionel Messi who will more than likely play a deciding role on Wednesday's game.

With 14 goals this Champions league season Messi has already beaten his previous record of 12. That's including sitting out a game. He is tied for first in assists and has scored three separate hat tricks (Almost scoring 2 in one game vs. Leverkusen) which are both records. If he finishes this CL (Champions League) season top scorer it will be a record-tying four times in a row and is the first player to score four or more goals in more than one game in the CL, another record set by the Argentinian international, “phenomenal.” With 51 goals he is the fourth highest scorer in CL history just 20 goals behind the amazing Raul. At 24 years of age he has plenty of time to add to that tally. He may be the world number one now, and may be the number one ever, but he is nothing short of spectacular. Fernando Torres who has given Barcelona more trouble that other strikers in the CL must be at his best if Chelsea hope to upset the world's number one player. 

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Robert Dixon was born December 31st, 1985 in beautiful California and has been avidly playing soccer since he started high school. Having played in tournaments overseas and for multiple adult and semi-professional leagues, he has spent the greater portion of his time training while dedicating the rest to work, his family, and writing about the beautiful game. Currently residing in Los Angeles Robert hopes to further his career as a writer and a player and share his view on the wonderful world of football with his readers. Whether player or fan, the world of football (soccer) is filled with life and dedication. Show your colors, bleed for your team, and get involved!

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