Messi rescues hope for Barcelona in 1-1 draw at Stamford Bridge

Messi rescues hope for Barcelona in 1-1 draw at Stamford Bridge

Despite several golden opportunities, Chelsea settled for a 1-1 result with Barcelona on Tuesday at Stamford Bridge in Leg 1 of the Round of 16 of Champions League.

Christensen's misplaced pass along the edge of his own penalty area was picked up by Andres Iniesta, who pulled the ball back for Messi to score. Willian's goal was cancelled by Barca stalwart Lionel Messi, who scored his first goal against the Blues in Europe's elite competition. They followed what I had prepared for them. To play these games is totally different, but we want to play big games like this one.

The pattern of the match did not change as Barcelona continued to enjoy plenty of the ball, but they were finding it increasingly hard to carve out opportunities at Stamford Bridge.

"We were very close to the ideal game", he said.

"It won't be easy, we must be realistic because we are talking about Barcelona, and they showed they are a fantastic, strong team tonight".

Fabregas went on holiday with the pair in Ibiza last summer and they are clearly still close despite their on-field rivalry.

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"I think we controlled the game well".

Antonio Conte has called on Chelsea to achieve something "incredible" against Barcelona at the Nou Camp next month. But we did not and the result is still open, we have to go there and try to win.

Brazil global Willian, who hit the post on two occasions in the first half, gave the home side a lead in the second half.

They are traveling to Old Trafford to play Manchester United in top table clash of English Premier League match. Valverde said Barcelona's away goal against Chelsea doesn't make them favourites to progress in UEFA Champions League quarter-finals.

Everyone had their doubts but he masterminded an astute tactical performance to restrict Barcelona to just one goal at Stamford Bridge and come away with a well-earned draw. We have to go there to attack and score because 90 minutes defending at the Nou Camp is an eternity, it is a suicide mission.

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