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LONDON - Barcelona bid to break English football's recent domination of the Champions League by beating Chelsea tonight and preventing another Premier League showdown in the final.
Pep Guardiola's team goes to Stamford Bridge with the two teams level from last week's 0-0 semifinal draw at Camp Nou.
Barca hope that Saturday's spectacular 6-2 victory at traditional rivals Real Madrid has given the team the momentum to beat Chelsea and reach the May 27 final in Rome.
The draw last Tuesday gave Guus Hiddink's team a slight edge going into the home leg. Chelsea hope to finish the job and get to the final for the second season in a row.
The Blues lost a penalty shootout to Manchester United after a 1-1 draw in last season's final in Moscow, and the pain from that near miss still hurts.
"We are all determined now to get to Rome and win the trophy because we have come close before," said French winger Florent Malouda.
"This now means that our desire is even stronger than it has ever been."
Chelsea have never won European football's biggest club prize, while Barcelona are chasing their third title to go with the ones they won in 1992 and 2006.
In his first season in charge of Barca, coach and former midfielder Guardiola also has opened up a seven-point lead at the top of the Spanish league after their demolition of Madrid on Saturday.
Defender Gerard Pique said the players won't be complacent after the victory in Madrid.
Chelsea have to at least repeat their performance from last week and keep Barcelona's top quality strikeforce at bay.
The Blues warmed up with a 3-1 victory over Fulham on Saturday.
If Chelsea do the same tonight, scoring and then conceding, that will give Barcelona the edge because no further scoring would put the Spanish team through on away goals.
Coach Guardiola has a series of injury and suspension problems, however.
Thierry Henry, whose partnership with Lionel Messi and Samuel Eto'o has produced a combined 69 of Barca's 100 league goals, is nursing a right knee injury.
Centre-backs Rafael Marquez and Gabriel Milito are also missing with knee problems, while Carles Puyol is suspended. - Sapa-AP