Chelsea are looking forward to facing Barcelona in the last 16 of the Champions League.

“From our point of view it is an exciting tie,” club secretary David Barnard said after Friday’s draw.

Barcelona knocked Chelsea out of this competition in 2000, but the Premmier League leaders are looking for revenge.

“We respect Barcelona, that’s one thing… but we do not fear them. We’ve got a bit of history with them in the Champions League so it will be interesting.

“We fear nobody at the moment because we are playing with such confidence.”

Coach Jose Mourinho said before the draw he wanted to play the Spanish side where he was an assistant coach five years ago.

“It would be an emotional but happy return,” he said.

“I won with Barcelona against Chelsea in 2000 and now would like to go there and win with Chelsea.”

Barnard though is relishing the encounter.

“Jose knows the Spanish mentality… I think we are well set up,” he said. “It is definitely one of the most attractive draws.

Barcelona president Joan Laporta said: “It will be difficult but I think it will be a great match.

“It will be good football, good players, good trainers… very exciting.”