Published: Thu, February 22, 2018
Sport | By Wendy Sparks

Chelsea Made Life Difficult For Barcelona- Ernesto Valverde

Chelsea Made Life Difficult For Barcelona- Ernesto Valverde

The Argentine levelled for Barcelona 15 minutes from time at Stamford Bridge, after a wayward pass from Andreas Christensen was pounced on by Andres Iniesta.

The two sides will meet next at Nou Camp in the second leg on March 14.

"We were very close to playing a ideal game and I think we paid dearly for one mistake", he said, according to Marca.

"There is a bit of disappointment".

"I think in the second leg we have to play a game against Barcelona and we know his team is very strong and fantastic".

Click through the gallery to see images from Barca and Chelsea's 1-1 draw at Stamford Bridge!

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"It will be a completely different game, to play there is different", Willian said of the difference between the two legs.

"Yes we passed the ball more".

"Something has seeped into the players because when you reel off the names of the teams that have beaten Chelsea, with no disrespect, Chelsea should have beaten them". Antonio Conte made a decision to keep Alvaro Morata and Olivier Giroud on the bench.

Messi and Luis Suarez had been comfortably contained, and the hosts had created several chances, notably through Willian, who rattled the post twice in the first half. Despite having almost 75% of the ball, it was all possession and no penetration from the visitors.

In the 41st minute Willian hit another effort but unfortunately the ball came off the post again.

Conte was forced to defend his tactics following the game after starting without a recognised striker, and Wilkins says Chelsea "missed a trick" by not attacking Barca more and making the most of their home advantage. "We have to play our game", he added, as revealed by BT Sport. "We have showed that we can compete and we will need another excellent performance at the Nou Camp to go through", he said.

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"It's great that he is able to play this game with maturity and personality".

Chelsea's task of going through to the Champions League quarter-finals now looks hard but not impossible and there is still plenty to play for come March 14 when they go to Camp Nou for the second leg.

He finally broke the deadlock in the 62nd minute, arrowing a low shot past the Barcelona goalkeeper following a short corner.

However, Barca remain unbeaten in 31 La Liga and Champions League games under Ernesto Valverde thanks to a late rally.

As we said last night, one opportunity was all Messi needed to cancel out Willian's opener.

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