Chelsea were held to a 1-1 draw against Barcelona in the first leg of the Champions League last 16 match at the Stamford Bridge on Tuesday.
Willian scored for Chelsea
Summary and Highlights:
Willian gave the Blues a massive lead in the midway through second half, but a defensive error led to a massive equalizer from Messi as the La Liga side has gone away with an important away goal.
Things We Learned:
- Willian was on fire: The Brazilian was no doubt the player of the match as he single handedly inspired Chelsea in their attacks. He hit both the posts in the first half but finally justice was done as he netted in his third attempt. It was a shame that the London side couldn’t hold on, but Willian was top notch on the night and even overshadowed Eden Hazard and others.
- Cesc Fabregas in central midfield doesn’t work anymore: It was a meet with the old friends for Cesc Fabregas but didn’t go well for him. He was deployed in the midfield but was largely peripheral. His age is on the wrong side and it clearly seemed that the former Arsenal man is not up to transit from attack to defense anymore. Lack of his pace was exposed and also he had a part to play that led to Barcelona’s goal. He still has the passing range but it is quite evident that a central midfield role for him is not that feasible for both parties.Embed from Getty Images
- Messi gets his elusive Goal and breaks the Deadlock: Lionel Messi scored his first goal against Chelsea after some nine attempts. The Argentine was on target to level it for Barcelona, as a miss pass from Chelsea let Iniesta through, who picked up the legendary forward to slot it home past Courtois. The celebration was evident enough to speak the volume of the goal and it’s also a jinx broken by the Golden boy, who missed a penalty last time these two teams met each other some six years ago.
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Messi equalized for Barcelona against Chelsea
- Giroud should have been utilized: It was highly anonymous why Olivier Giroud didn’t take any part in the game. The French striker was on the bench but it would have been a perfect game for him against the tall defenders like Umtiti and Pique. Giroud is great in hold up play and that was missing from the Blues the whole game. Conte must had thought something else, but a lanky Olivier Giroud feeding Hazard and Willian could really have been more potent for the home side.