Chelsea host the Spanish giants Barcelona in the first leg of their Champions League semi-final at Stamford Bridge tonight.
Midfielder Frank Lampard has said Chelsea’s hopes of victory could lie with keeping 11 men on the field.
Chelsea’s three defeats to Barca in the 10 encounters since 2000 have all been after they had someone sent off.
David Luiz will miss both legs of Chelsea’s Champions League semi-final against Barcelona with a hamstring problem, but Branislav Ivanovic is available during his domestic three-match suspension.
Barcelona’s defensive issues have been eased by the news that Dani Alves and Gerard Pique have recovered from thigh problems and are available for selection. Seydou Keita, however, has a similar injury and has stayed behind in Spain.

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