Date: 21st February 2018 at 7:25am
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Ahead of the game with Barcelona, many a pundit reckoned the Catalan side would be far too good for Chelsea.

But what we witnessed, over the ninety minutes was a Chelsea display that showed, on their day, they can live with the best.

The game is full of ifs and buts, but we can be proud of the effort and commitment shown by the side.

After the game, both managers spoke to the media.

Antonio Conte, had this to say about the performance his side gave him, with the Italian remarking,

‘I think we were close to playing the perfect performance. We did one mistake but we know very well against these opponents and players like Messi, Iniesta and Suarez, if you make a mistake you pay.

‘It is a pity and we are disappointed with the final result.

‘I don’t remember a great save from Thibaut Courtois and they only had a couple of chances with Paulinho in the first half and Suarez in the second.

‘I think we played a really good game and I must be pleased because my players gave a great effort and they followed the plan we prepared.

‘In Barcelona we must be prepared to suffer together but at the same time when we suffer we must continue to try and get the chances to score.’

If only those two shot that saw William hit the post had sneaked in.

As for the Barcelona boss, Ernesto Valverde, he had this to say,

‘We gave too much space to Willian to shoot. The pass to him was perfect, the control was perfect.

‘They might be happy with the result. They pressed us high and made it difficult for us but anything can change in the Nou Camp.

‘The away goal isn’t definitive but it is important.’

The second leg of this tie is in the balance and if Chelsea can produce a display like last night, we`ve nothing to fear.


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