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9 moments that make Chelsea v Barcelona a true Champions League classic

Chelsea and Barcelona have had some epic Champions League clashes in the past

Close your eyes.

Now try really hard to picture Chelsea and Barcelona.

We’re betting that you’re currently imagining one of the following nine moments. Either that or you’ve got a weird imagination.


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A ludicrously talented midfielder and Ronaldinho

The chicken dance

Maxi Lopez’s Champions League debut couldn’t have gone much better.

The part-time David Beckham impersonator came off the bench in the 64th minute with Barcelona trailing and scored three minutes later.

He then went and ruined it all by celebrating like a chicken.

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Look at the state of that lid

Ronaldinho makes the toe poke famous

Before 2005 the toe poke/punt/blow was something firmly looked down upon.

But then Ronaldinho put the ball through the eye of the needle and bent it around Ricardo Carvalho with his big toe.

Cue every kid in the country trying it in the playground the next day.

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How the f*** did that happen?!

Asier Del Horno tries to end Lionel Messi’s career

Spanish left-back Del Horno got away with a shocking tackle on Messi, but couldn’t evade karma’s long reach.

Del Horno did eventually see red in the 2006 meeting, leading Mourinho to ponder how ‘you say cheating in Catalan’ post-match.

It’s trampa, if you really wanted to know Jose.

Frank Lampard defies the laws of physics

Some of the best things in football start with a bad touch.

When Lampard failed to control Claude Makelele’s lump into the box he was left on the edge of the six-yard box.

With no hint of an angle 99.99% of footballers would have stood the ball up for Didier Drogba to try and head.

But Lampard reached into his magic hat and pulled out a rabbit. Or, in footballing terms, lobbed Victor Valdes.

Andres Iniesta pops up in the nick of time

Chelsea were seconds away from a second successive Champions League final in 2009.

Dani Alves launched the ball into the box. Samuel Eto’o’s pass to Lionel Messi should have been cut out by Michael Essien but tiredness had set in.

Messi laid the ball back to Andres Iniesta who slapped the ball into the top corner. Chelsea weren’t best pleased.

It’s a disgrace

Which leads us onto Drogba’s reaction to Chelsea being knocked out.

Several strong shouts for penalties were turned down throughout the game by referee Tom Ovrebo.

The Ivorian marched up to Ovrebo when the final whistle blew screaming ‘It’s a f****** disgrace’ repeatedly in an outburst that has since been turned into a catchy song.

Would you like some salt with those chips?

When Ramires ends his career he should open up a little chippy outside the Nou Camp, with 25% off for anyone who wears a Victor Valdes mask.

The way he chipped Valdes, with Chelsea trailing to goals from Iniesta and Sergio Busqets, was just pure disrespect.

It also ensured our next moment could take place.

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Oooowwwwwwwwww unbelievableeeeeeeeeeee 💦

Barcelona camped in Chelsea’s half, looking for the late goal that, like in 2009, would take them through to the final.

So when Fernando Torres ran onto a clearance he was completely in the…err, clear.

He rounded Valdes and tapped into an empty net, at which point it all got a bit too much for Gary Neville to handle.

Not in the studio Gary!

Full kit w*****

Not strictly a Barcelona moment, but Terry’s sending off in the semi-final meant that he was forced to watch the final, against Bayern Munich, from the stands.

When Chelsea completed a famous penalty shootout win Terry channelled his inner Houdini.

One minute he was celebrating in the stands, the next he was hoisting the trophy aloft in full kit.

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