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Barcelona 4-0 Bayern Munich
Liverpool 1-3 Chelsea



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By Jonathan Stevenson

2205: It's been monumental, and I leave you with this - what former Chelsea boss Avram Grant had to say recently: "I saw the faces of the players in the dressing-room after we lost to Man United in the final last season. They were hurting badly and I said at the time they would come back and win the trophy."

Chelsea, desperate to take the European Cup to London for the first time in its history, have a foot in the semi-finals. So do Barcelona. Night everyone.

2201: The audio version of 606 is kicking off about now on BBC Radio 5 Live and Chelsea's Tim Lovejoy is in the hotseat. I bet he'd love to hear from you.

2159: "We started really well but started giving the ball away, we didn't play to our usual level. When you mark man-to-man, you see lots of goals conceded every week, but we made mistakes for their goals. We're not out, it will be very difficult, but in football anything can happen. Hopefully it won't have any impact on our season."
Liverpool manager Rafael Benitez

2157: "Hi, I'm a neutral, I just want to say I want to see more open football like this, it's so much more entertaining. Great game."
Tristan from Birmingham, via text on 81111

2155: "I must give a huge compliment to the team because they always react well. We didn't want to reply on the defence to neutralise Gerrard and Torres, but we wanted to get their defence sweating. It's a tremendous blow to the home team when you score away in the Champs League and it's a real luxury when you do that, but it's only half-time. Liverpool have shown in the past they can do unthinkable things."
Chelsea manager Guus Hiddink

2152: Don't forget, the second legs of these ties will take place at Stamford Bridge in London and at the Allianz Arena in Munich on Tuesday 14th April.

2150: "Did anyone see Ribery crying? Man that was a beating."
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2147: "Florent Malouda and Salomon Kalou, especially in that second half, started to look like the really, really good players we thought Chelsea had bought from the start."
BBC Radio 5 Live's Mark Lawrenson

2144: "The way we defended was woeful. It was embarrassing. We should save all the hassle and not turn up on Tuesday."
Anonymous, via text on 81111

2141: There endeth perhaps the most one-sided Champions League quarter-final leg of all time. Bayern were well and truly humbled. Still, an early goal in the Allianz Arena...

2139: Full-time Barcelona 4-0 Bayern Munich

2139: "Anfield has rarely ended a Champions League game in such subdued mood - and that is a tribute to Chelsea and their master coach Guus Hiddink, who has transformed a side that appeared to be out on its feet when he came in to replace Luiz Felipe Scolari.

"The Kop delivers a defiant rendition of "You'll Never Walk Alone" - and to the credit of some Liverpool fans in Anfield's Main Stand, they applaud Chelsea off.

"Liverpool have pulled off plenty of escape acts in the past, but it is hard to see Chelsea letting this one slip, even without suspended captain John Terry in the second leg."
BBC Sport's Phil McNulty at Anfield

2137: Barca are really toying with Bayern and a move involving Bojan and Andres Iniesta ends with Lionel Messi's goalbound shot striking Seydou Keita on the face and going out of play.

2136: Rafa Marquez is booked for time-wasting at the Camp Nou and he will miss next Tuesday's second leg in Munich.

2136: Bojan Krkic comes on for Barca, replacing Samuel Eto'o. Ovations all round.

2135: "That was fully deserved by Chelsea, they conceded an early goal and took five minutes to settle after that, but from then on were by far the better team and Liverpool's defending from corner led to their downfall."
BBC Radio 5 Live's Mark Lawrenson

2134: Full-time Liverpool 1-3 Chelsea

2134: Rafa Marquez curls a 25-yard shot a bit high and a bit wide as Barca try to make it five. At Liverpool, the hosts have a corner and Pepe Reina is up.

2133: "Ballack's return to form is almost going unnoticed. Mainly because Essien is so very good."
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2131: We're into injury time at Anfield. At Barca, Dutch legend Johan Cruyff watches on from the stands with his wife. He must be fairly happy, you'd have thought.

2128: Two minutes left at Liverpool, seven left at Barca, plus stoppages. It's quiet at Anfield, and you can understand why.

2127: "I think Man U and Liverpool can now concentrate on the Premier League."
Anand, via text on 81111

2125: See 2119 - apparently Chelsea beat Liverpool 4-1 at Anfield in October 2005 under Jose Mourinho. But you kind of know where mdfactor was coming from.

2124: Getting a lot of missives asking where Steven Gerrard has been tonight. The simple answer? In Michael Essien's pocket. Even the greatest players have off days.

2123: Andres Iniesta has stepped into Thierry Henry's position and he collects a 50-yard crossfield Lionel Messi pass before jinking inside and curling a shot just past the angle of post and bar.

2122: Jose Sosa replaces Ze Roberto for a chastened Bayern Munich.

2120: Seydou Keita comes on for Thierry Henry for Barcelona. At Anfield, Nicolas Anelka replaces Didier Drogba and Ryan Babel comes on for Lucas for Liverpool.

2119: "Never have Chelsea scored three goals at Anfield under Mourinho, Grant and Scolari. Hiddink is jut absolutely world-class."
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2117: What's this - a chance for Bayern Munich? Barca's defence goes all static and Ze Roberto prepares to pull the trigger from 10 yards - but from nowhere, Carles Puyol makes a brilliant block to save a certain goal.

2117: "Liverpool and all of Anfield is stunned. Rafael Benitez has allowed his team to play this match in the manner of a Premier League game and that may just have held the key to Chelsea's success - allied to some real amateur hour defending from the home team.

"Chelsea have never adopted such a positive approach on their "European" visits to Anfield - and so far they have reaped a spectacular reward."
BBC Sport's Phil McNulty at Anfield

2116: Andrea Dossena comes on for Fabio Aurelio. Liverpool have 15 minutes left and they really really need to score at least once.

2115: Mark van Bommel seems to have a problem with Lionel Messi, as the Dutchman needlessly brings the little forward down again. I wonder what the chat is there?

2114: Fabio Aurelio is booked for a foul on Salomon Kalou. He's still eligible for next week, though. Andrea Dossena is getting ready to come on for Liverpool.

2113: "See 2059: If I had £1 for every time Ivanovic scored a double I'd be able to buy Salisbury!"
Calum from Aberdeen, via text on 81111
Salisbury offered for sale at £1

2111: I wonder how many times Barcelona have been four goals or more up by half-time this season? Frightening. Anyway, they're toying a little with Bayern, and the Germans have no answer. They just want to avoid conceding another in the second half.

2110: What an extraordinary evening of football this is.

2107: GOAL Liverpool 1-3 Chelsea
They're dancing in celebration, and as well they might be - Chelsea have just scored a brutally clinical breakaway goal. Michael Ballack sends Florent Malouda away down the left, he crosses expertly to the edge of the six-yard box and Didier Drogba does the rest, slotting past Pepe Reina.

2106: "You'd be disappointed if your pub team had conceded two goals like Liverpool have tonight."
BBC Radio 5 Live's Mark Lawrenson

2105: Lionel Messi collects a Gerard Pique pass, once again jigs in from the Barca right and hammers a left-foot shot low towards the bottom corner that Hans-Jorg Butt does really well to deflect on to the crossbar with his right hand. Top save.

2104: "When will the Scousers learn about zonal marking?"
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2102:GOAL Liverpool 1-2 Chelsea
The Blues are in dreamland and Liverpool's zonal marking has cost them dear. A corner is swung over from the Chelsea left and with no-one very close to him, that man Branislav Ivanovic rises high and heads into the corner of the net.

2101: Chelsea captain John Terry is booked by referee Claus Bo Larsen for that incident and he will now miss the second leg next Tuesday. Silly decision.

2100: John Terry goes for a 50-50 with Pepe Reina and they are both struggling a little bit in the immediate aftermath of the collision. The reaction from the other players is ridiculous - it was fair, there was no intent to harm - they really need to pipe down, all of them.

2059: "If I had a pound for every time Jamie Carragher has cleared the ball off the line then I would be a millionaire."
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2058: Phil McNulty is right - it's breathless and brilliant at Anfield, so end-to-end and so many decent chances it remarkable it's only 1-1. Didier Drogba himself could easily have had a hat-trick. Michael Essien has some treatment for a head injury.

2057: "Did half-time even happen? Both teams are at each other's throats again in the nicest possible sense. Chances at both ends, which is great for the purists and neutrals but may just be a bit too open for Rafael Benitez and his opposite number Guus Hiddink."
BBC Sport's Phil McNulty at Anfield

2054: Christian Lell is booked for Bayern after clumsily bringing down the uncatchable Lionel Messi.

2053: Chelsea didn't take long to step it up and Frank Lampard tests Pepe Reina with a low left-foot shot that the keeper saves quite comfortably. At the other end, Fernando Torres hammers over left-footed from 12 yards on a slight angle. It's a cracker.

2052: Didier Drogba plays a one-two with Frank Lampard and brushes past Martin Skrtel, slotting past Pepe Reina, only for Jamie Carragher to get back in brilliantly and clear the ball off the line.

2051: Belatedly, we're back under way at Camp Nou.

2050: Andreas Ottel comes on for Hamit Altintop at half-time at Barcelona as Bayern try to shore things up.

2049: Liverpool have started the second half by far the brighter of the two teams. It's all being played in Chelsea's half right now.

2047: John Terry brings down Fernando Torres, but rightly he escapes a booking. Dangerous position for Liverpool, but Fabio Aurelio's delivery is poor.

2046: We're back under way at Anfield.

2046: I'd have to agree with padmeister, below. A few years back, the great Shane Warne was asked who the best batsman in the world was. His reply: "1. Sachin Tendulkar. 2. Daylight. 3. Brian Lara." Right now, few could argue that Lionel Messi is not a mile ahead of everyone else.

2044: "I have just watched the first half of the Barca-Bayern game. The stage is set for Messi to clear up in this year's awards. For those who think Gerrard might be the world's best, two words regarding Messi: Different class."
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2043: "Chelsea end the first 45 minutes the more satisfied side. They have recovered from an early setback, created good chances and then scored that crucial away goal.

"I watched Liverpool apply some of the finishing touches to the Luiz Felipe Scolari reign against a very limp Chelsea - one unrecognisable from the team Guus Hiddink has sent out at Anfield tonight.

"Liverpool have played well, but Chelsea are more than matching them and Anfield has been enthralled by the quality on offer from both sides. Let's hope for more of the same after the break."
BBC Sport's Phil McNulty at Anfield

2041: "Stevo, excuse my ignorance, please clarify for me and my old man: has the semi-final draw been made? If so, who plays who?"
Elliott from Reading, via text on 81111

Elliott my friend - it's Man Utd/Porto v Villarreal/Arsenal, and Barca/Bayern v Liverpool/Chelsea. Basically, Tuesday's lot will meet, as will Wednesday's. Capiche?

2039: "My life can't get any better," I hear you cry. Think on, I tells ya. Over to you, Mr Daniel "Danny" the Stat: "Now then you lot. Do you think that maybe - maybe - you've gone a bit early on our Player Rater ? Maybe? Just a bit? A teensy bit? Liverpool are bossing it, with Fernando "8.88" Torres and Steven "8.21" Gerrard romping away. Frank Lampard is Chelsea's top man with just 6.30 - yet, even as I type, the Blues marks are rising and the Reds are dropping. Why not indulge your need to get involved...?"
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2036: "Chelsea's fans are celebrating after Branislav Ivanovic's well-deserved equaliser - but almost concede again within seconds as Petr Cech saves crucially from Dirk Kuyt. Michael Ballack then gives Salomon Kalou the mother and father of all rollockings for something he presumably failed to do in the build-up. What a superb half of football."
BBC Sport's Phil McNulty at Anfield

2034: Half-time Barcelona 4-0 Bayern Munich

2033: Barca nearly conjure up another cracker and Bayern boss Jurgen Klinsmann looks like his world is about to end. Lionel Messi and Dani Alves are heavily involved and it ends, four yards out, with a falling Andres Iniesta hopelessly slicing wide.

2032: "Liverpool started very brightly and scored a goal of the highest quality through Fernando Torres, but Chelsea hit back brilliantly and they should perhaps even be ahead."
BBC Radio 5 Live's Mark Lawrenson

2031: Half-time Liverpool 1-1 Chelsea

2030: Mark van Bommel wasn't booked for that, but Lionel Messi's OK and will continue. On a rare excursion into the Barca half, Franck Ribery drags a cross-shot out of play.

2028: GOAL Barcelona 4-0 Bayern Munich
It's like watching football perfection. The world's best footballer Lionel Messi skips in from the right once again and tries to play a one-two with Samuel Eto'o - only for the Argentine to be unceremoniously dumped to the ground, perhaps deliberately, by former Barca midfielder Mark van Bommel. Eto'o instead moves it to the left for Thierry Henry , who strokes it home.

2027: Didier Drogba races on to a Frank Lampard pass down the inside left channel but as Lampard busts a gut to receive a pass back, Drogba chips over. Wasteful.

2025: Thierry Henry blazes miles over from 25 yards and Barca are threatening to run riot in Catalonia.

2023: GOAL Liverpool 1-1 Chelsea
Florent Malouda swings over a corner from the right and Branislav Ivanovic - swarmed around by three Liverpool defenders - gets his head on it first, nodding past a stranded Pepe Reina. That is the away goal Guus Hiddink was so desperate for.

2022: GOAL Barcelona 3-0 Bayern Munich
Thierry Henry's burst of pace takes him past Massimo Oddo with embarrassing ease. His ball across the box is touched in by Lionel Messi under pressure from Christian Lell.

2021: After a ferocious start at both venues, it's quietened down a little bit in Barcelona and in Liverpool. Though Samuel Eto'o does have a shot deflected over in the Camp Nou.

2019: Nice play down the Liverpool right and Alvaro Arbeloa, who started the move, ends it by turning on to his left foot and arching a shot just past the far post from 22 yards.

2017: "Has anyone actually seen Lucas Leiva's passport?"
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2015: Chelsea's Salomon Kalou is booked for crazily kicking the ball away. Half an hour gone - and what a half hour so far.

2013: Michael Ballack has the ball on the Chelsea left and he brilliantly picks out Didier Drogba in the Liverpool box - he is stumbling as the ball comes to him, but still gets away from Jamie Carragher, only to lash over from 12 yards left-footed. Possibly should have scored.

2013: "Liverpool boss Rafael Benitez is going through his full range of hand signals, tic-tac and gestures in the technical area - on one occasion when all of his players were at least 60 yards away preparing to defend a free-kick from Frank Lampard. They could not possibly hear him, or even see him, but it shows just how intensely Benitez is feeling this tie. He is stalking the touchline constantly."
BBC Sport's Phil McNulty at Anfield

2012: Lucas leans back and launches a rocket into the sky from 20 yards at Anfield - not very Brazilian, that shot from the midfielder.

2009: Hans-Jorg Butt has been given some sharpish treatment at Barcelona, he's got quite a few studs marks on his face after that clash with Thierry Henry. At Anfield, Fernando Torres steals the ball off Frank Lampard and clips a 20-yard shot just over the bar.

2008: Didier Drogba finds Florent Malouda on the edge of the Liverpool area and his low left-foot drive flies a couple of yards wide of Pepe Reina's left-hand post.

2006: Barca are carving Bayern open - how has Thierry Henry missed that? The Frenchman collects another inch-perfect pass from Andres Iniesta but rolls agonisingly wide and has picked up an injury after colliding with Hans-Jorg Butt. Butt's in trouble too, after Henry's boots ended up in his face.

2005: Pep Guardiola has been sent off by referee Howard Webb. Fair play to him for backing the integrity of his player, but he clearly took his protestations too far.

2005: "Howard Webb has got that wrong. Bayern got lucky there, it could have been tie over. Barca are on fire."
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2003: Salomon Kalou has gone down at Anfield under a challenge from Fabio Aurelio and is receiving some treatment.

2002: English referee Howard Webb becomes the enemy of Camp Nou as he books Lionel Messi for an alleged dive in the Bayern area. Messi is upset and Barca coach Pep Guardiola is uncharacteristically livid.

2001: "Liverpool's high-tempo start has done the trick again - but Chelsea have actually responded well and that was a huge block from Pepe Reina to deny Didier Drogba. Fernando Torres looks electric again - and while it is clear Guus Hiddink has detailed players to follow Steven Gerrard's every move, Liverpool's captain is still roaming into dangerous positions and has played some special passes already."
BBC Sport's Phil McNulty at Anfield

1959: Brave block from Martin Skrtel as Frank Lampard pulled the trigger on the edge of the Liverpool area. Chelsea have reacted really well to going behind.

1957: GOAL Barcelona 2-0 Bayern Munich
Bayern are in disarray and this tie could be over very shortly. Lionel Messi skips inside from the left and plays another gorgeous pass into the path of Samuel Eto'o - the flag stays down though it's a close call - and the Cameroon striker slots past a presumably bemused Hans-Jorg Butt.

1955: It's absolutely lashing down with rain in Barcelona and the visitors are not enjoying themselves much - Barca's one-touch play is just a joy to watch.

1953: GOAL Barcelona 1-0 Bayern Munich
Bayern's defence have conceded an awful lot of goals recently and they haven't learned their lesson. Barca move it quickly from left to right and Samuel Eto'o slips in Lionel Messi to effortlessly sweep the ball past Hans-Jorg Butt.

1953: Leo Messi plays in Thierry Henry, whose run is completely missed by the Bayern defence. The former Gunners striker ghosts past the keeper but his shot is blocked on the line by Martin Demichelis. Barca looking good at the Nou Camp.

1952: What a chance for Chelsea to level. Salomon Kalou rolls the ball into Didier Drogba's path and the Ivorian is clean through, but he hammers it right-footed straight at Pepe Reina, who had come out and narrowed the angle.

1950: GOAL Liverpool 1-0 Chelsea
Interesting. Chelsea fail to clear a ball into their box properly and it falls to Dirk Kuyt outside the area - the Dutchman backheels the ball down the right into space for Alvaro Arbeloa and his pinpoint cross is sweetly converted from 15 yards by Fernando Torres.

1949: "See 1944: Yes they are. In fact, prior to the draw, Lampard admitted to wanting to play anyone BUT Liverpool as he was getting tired of playing them."
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1947: A Steven Gerrard corner is half-cleared and Dirk Kuyt takes a touch before hammering a shot goalwards that deflects wide off the head of Branislav Ivanovic. A flag goes up for offside in any case.

1946: "Liverpool's Fernando Torres stood alone in the centre circle staring intently towards the Chelsea players for a full minute as they went through their pre-match rituals. A threatening presence as Anfield turns the volume levels up to deafening for the kick-off."
BBC Sport's Phil McNulty at Anfield

1945: Samuel Eto'o and Lionel Messi hug for quite a long time in Barcelona, and we're under way in both games.

1944: Captains John Terry and Steven Gerrard go through the formalities - after 23 meetings in five seasons, do you think even the players are slightly bored at the sight of each other?

1942: The teams are out, all the players holding hands with a mascot from the other side. They're about to blare out the Champions League anthem, which is awesome.

1940: You'll Never Walk Alone is being hammered out from the Anfield terraces - they don't do low-key European nights do they, Liverpool?

1937: Alvaro Arbeloa, Andrea Dossena, John Terry, Ashley Cole and Nicolas Anelka are all one booking away from being suspended for the second leg at Stamford Bridge in six days' time.

1935: Chelsea manager Guus Hiddink has mixed memories of Anfield - as Netherlands supremo, he led the Dutch to a 2-0 win over Rep of Ire in a play-off for Euro 96, but six months later in the tournament, saw them lose in the quarter-finals to France on penalties. They've largely always been rubbish at penos haven't they, them Holland people?

1932: Is anyone else so excited they think they might explode?

1930: "See 1918 - If Barcelona were playing United last night they would barely have had to be on the field to destroy them. That's coming as a United fan. Barca on most days are unstoppable. At their very best - like watching 11 Roy of the Rovers cartoons."
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1926: What with all your negative messages, I'm beginning to think the winner from tonight will be whoever plays less rubbish out of Lucas and Florent Malouda. You really don't like those boys much, do you?

1924: "Just read the team sheet and nearly threw up. Lucas starting? Spoilt my fish and chips."
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1921: Liverpool have some form in this fixture - they are unbeaten in five home meetings with Chelsea and won the last game at Anfield 2-0 in February, thanks to two remarkably late goals from El Nino.
Report: Liverpool 2-0 Chelsea

1918: "Barcelona can win the Champions League this season, but they will have to be at their very, very best to beat any of the English teams."
BBC Radio 5 Live's Alan Green

1916: I'd really like to point you in the direction of a piece my colleague Saj Chowdhury has written after speaking with Bayern Munich manager and former Spurs hero Jurgen Klinsmann. I won't spoil it, but it's rather good actually...
The Klinsmann way

1913: So Liverpool make one change, bringing in Brazilian midfielder Lucas (who has his critics) for the suspended Javier Mascherano. Chelsea make two changes, with Michael Ballack and Didier Drogba returning to the side in place of Jon Mikel Obi and Nicolas Anelka.

1911: We all know what Argentine legend Jorge Valdano made of this contest two years ago (a quick Google search should suffice if not), but Chelsea gaffer Guus Hiddink has promised to go all Dutch on us: "We will not sit back, that is not the way to play football. If you score in the away game, it's always a big blow for the home team."
Chelsea will attack, vows Hiddink

1907: The answer to 1857, courtesy of quite a few Chelsea fans, appears to be that Malouda is the only genuine width the Blues can bring to the party. Though according to most, he's still not very good.

1905: "See 1823: Stevo, I've just been on the telephone to The Higher Football Power, and It (notice the gender-neutral pronoun there) has said that there's a direct correlation between Liverpool winning tonight and Forest staying up."
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Haha. Good try. But I'm bleeding red AND blue tonight. True.

1902: "The Anfield statisticians have struck early. Chelsea have four players on the bench who have won the Champions League - Deco, Juliano Belletti, Nicolas Anelka and Ricardo Carvalho - but none in their starting line-up.

"Guus Hiddink has promised Chelsea will attack, so if Liverpool approach the game the way they have played recently, we could be in for another cracker in the mould of Manchester United and Porto."
BBC Sport's Phil McNulty at Anfield

1900: Stevo's Predos:
Barcelona 3-1 Bayern Munich
Liverpool 1-1 Chelsea (to avoid accusations of bias? Never)

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Chelsea fans?

1854:Barcelona bring back star trio Lionel Messi, Dani Alves and Thierry Henry after they were rested for the league win over Valladolid at the weekend. Bayern Munich boss Jurgen Klinsmann responds to the shock 5-1 mauling at the hands of Wolfsburg by dropping keeper Michael Rensing and replacing him with Hans-Jorg Butt. Left-back Philipp Lahm is fit enough only for the bench. Brazilian Breno, only 19, again plays at the heart of Bayern's defence, with Lucio out injured.

1851: There are lots of personal battles tonight, not all entirely positional - Steven Gerrard v Frank Lampard, Fernando Torres v John Terry, Lionel Messi v Franck Ribery and so on. Liverpool keeper Pepe Reina has revealed he is a massive fan of Chelsea hitman Didier Drogba. "He's one of my favourite players, a real pain in the a**," said the Spanish stopper.

1847: "Am I the only person more interested in the Barcelona game than the Liverpool-Chelsea game?"
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1844: As well as the power of the Premier League, there is also an awful lot of continental class on show tonight too. In the capital of Catalonia, Barcelona, arguably the most in-form team in Europe over the course of the season, play host to German giants Bayern Munich, who can be phenomenal and feeble almost in equal measure, as their 5-1 thumping at Wolfsburg on Saturday proved.

1842: Liverpool v Chelsea line-ups
Liverpool: Reina, Arbeloa, Aurelio, Carragher, Skrtel, Xabi Alonso, Lucas, Kuyt, Riera, Gerrard, Torres.
Subs: Cavalieri, Dossena, Hyypia, Agger, Benayoun, Babel, Ngog.
Chelsea: Cech, Ivanovic, A Cole, Terry, Alex, Essien, Lampard, Ballack, Kalou, Malouda, Drogba.
Subs: Hilario, Carvalho, Belletti, Mancienne, Mikel, Deco, Anelka.

1840: Barcelona v Bayern Munich line-ups
Barcelona: Victor Valdes, Dani Alves, Puyol, Marquez, Pique, Toure, Xavi, Iniesta, Messi, Henry, Eto'o.
Subs: Pinto, Caceres, Gudjohnsen, Bojan, Keita, Sylvinho, Busquets.
Bayern: Butt, Breno, Ze Roberto, Demichelis, Altintop, Van Bommel, Oddo, Lell, Schweinsteiger, Ribery, Toni.
Subs: Rensing, Podolski, Ottl, Sosa, Lahm, Borowski, Badstuber.

1836: It might be an all-too familiar feeling for these teams as they line up against each other, but there is a slight novelty factor - it is their first quarter-final meeting, after clashing in the semis in 2005, 2006 and 2008. We should be grateful for small mercies.

1833: So let battle commence, and not just between the two sets of supporters on these very pages tonight. It's the fifth successive season Liverpool and Chelsea have met in the Champions League - I wouldn't be surprised if they showed the second leg on Dave Ja Vu...

1830: "I think Chelsea need to have a go. I know Guus says they will but I don't really believe that. We need a goal today and sitting back and letting Torres and Gerrard go at us is not gonna work."
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1827: "I'll take a 0-0 or a 1-0 via a 'ghost' goal, but I really think Liverpool will shine tonight. We've had a real attacking spirit in the last few weeks and that must continue tonight. Two goals, a clean sheet, and it'll be job done. Come on you Reds!!"
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1823: A very early reminder: I'm neutral, so whatever happens tonight, remember there's no bias here. Those of you who know me will know I've got a Championship relegation battle to contend with, rather than conquering Europe (been there, got the T-shirt).

1820: Before I start banging on about everything and nothing as we build up to one of the biggest matches of the season, it's imperative I remind you of your duties. They are as follows: You must, repeat must, text me your innermost thoughts throughout the evening on 81111. To boot, the debate is already hotting up on 606. These are the things you must do.
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1815: Let's not pretend I need to sell this to you, eh? It's Liverpool, it's Chelsea, it's the quarter-final of the Champions League, and it's happening right here, right now. It. Gets. No. Bigger.

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see also
Liverpool 1-3 Chelsea
08 Apr 09 |  Europe
Barcelona 4-0 Bayern Munich
08 Apr 09 |  Europe

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