On Tuesday, Arsenal take on the mighty FC Barcelona in the round of 16 in the Champions League. The Gunners are the clear-cut underdogs against the Blaugrana.
While there may be every reason to be a little daunted by the task ahead of them, the Gunners will be delighted to even be at this stage, having needed a terrific performance and a 3-0 victory away to Greek champions Olympiakos in order to make it through their group.
No amount of preparation is enough against this Barcelona team, invariably. There is a reasonable argument to suggest that they are the best club side European football has ever seen, such is the ability of the stunning front three of Lionel Messi, Neymar and Luis Suarez.
However, Petr Cech’s record against two of them, namely Messi and Suarez, should give the Gunners (some) hope.
Arsenal’s goalkeeper has played a total of 11 matches against either of Barcelona’s attackers, winning four of them and losing on just one occasion.
On top, the 33-year-old Czech has conceded only two goals against either Messi or Suarez, with those ones coming from the Uruguayan’s period with Liverpool, meaning the Argentine has never scored against Cech despite facing the goalkeeper on six occasions.