On Tuesday night, Chelsea and Barcelona locked horns in their highly-anticipated Champions League clash. Although their first leg round of 16 tie did not live up to expectations, it offered fans a thing or two to remember.
One key point from the match was the Blaugrana’s lack of chances. The Catalan giant could have easily returned home with a defeat, but an error from the Blues’ defense allowed Messi to score his first ever goal against the London giant en route to a 1-1 draw.
However, history shows that Tuesday’s result works in Barcelona’s favor. Blaugrana fans worried for the return leg at Camp Nou will be calmed down by the fact that the Spanish giant almost always qualifies after drawing 1-1 in an away first-leg Champions League knockout tie.
Sadly for Valverde’s side, it is almost always, as CSKA Moscow and Juventus are two teams to have gotten the better of the Copa del Rey holder in similar instances. Nonetheless, of 13 previous occurrences, those were Barcelona’s only two defeats.
This means after drawing 1-1 on the road in the first leg, the Camp Nou side has gone on to qualify 11 times out of 13. Factor in their home advantage in the second leg and Messi and Co. have a lot going for them for the return leg.
It should be noted that Chelsea has qualified a healthy number of times – three out of five – after drawing the first leg 1-1. We thus can hopefully expect a more exciting second leg.