Would Do You Think: Can Chelsea Beat Barca in Spain

Barcelona's Lionel Messi scored an equaliser to deny Chelsea a famous victory in the first leg of their last-16 Champions League tie at Stamford Bridge.

The hosts spent most of the opening period diligently shutting doors at the back as Messi and Iniesta probed for openings in Chelsea's blue wall.

For Chelsea, the challenge is simple: all they have to do is produce their best performance in years in the Nou Camp on 14 March to beat Barcelona. "We can go there and do a great job again", he said after the 1-1 draw.

Eight minutes after play resumed in the second half, Kingsley Corman scored for Bayern, making the scoreline 2-0. I am very pleased with his performance.

But it proved third time lucky for Willian on 62 minutes as Chelsea worked a corner routine which culminated in the 29-year-old collecting an Eden Hazard pass, shifting the ball out of his feet and bending a low attempt into the bottom corner.

Before this tie, Chelsea coach Antonio Conte claimed his side would need a "perfect game" if they were to progress, and Christensen will be all too aware that his mistake was the difference.

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Former Barcelona midfielder Cesc Fabregas said: "We have to go there to attack and score because 90 minutes defending at the Nou Camp is an eternity, a suicide mission".

When you play against Barcelona, we know that if we want to play against them box to box then we are insane. 'He plays in slow-motion because the game comes so easily and naturally to him. We know that this team now, their level is more up than us.

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"Leo always appears [at the right time], his goal has given us life", he was quoted as saying by Catalan daily Mundo Deportivo.

Yet Conte will expect the players to follow the prescribed gameplan in Catalonia.

Willian had the game of his life against Barcelona on Tuesday, getting off three incredible shots. We must be prepared to suffer together.

  • Lawrence Cooper