We're underway from Stamford Bridge in the UEFA Champions League semifinal tie between Chelsea and Barcelona, and those with reasonable taste in shirts will be happy to learn that the Blaugrana -- who are not wearing the Blaugranas away from home -- are also not looking minty fresh. They're sporting the black third kit instead of the minty away shirts. Praise your deity of choice for that.
As the game begins, it is important to note that both Barcelona central defenders are facing potential yellow card suspensions. If either Carles Puyol or Javier Mascherano picks up a booking, they will not be able to play in the second leg. Didier Drogba is likely to be very aware of this and looking to draw fouls.
In the opening two minutes, Chelsea's midfield is forming a flat line of five when the Blues are not in possession, and it will be interesting to see if that continues.
We'll have continuous pre-game updates and live game coverage in our Chelsea vs. Barcelona, UEFA Champions League Semifinals StoryStream. For more on the two teams, head over to Chelsea FC blog We Ain't Got No History and FC Barcelona blog Barca Blaugranes.