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Interesting fact to keep in my regarding Paulinho, due to scheduling differences between CSL and La Liga, Paulinho has been playing football for 14 consecutive months without any breaks. A total of 73 games...

Damn might explain a recent drop in form

I think a fit and confident Dembele is exactly what we need right now, plus for Coutinho to have a bigger role in our midfield, just a shame he cant play CL
I am proud that this almost a dead forum was lightened up by my light hearted bantering.

I am very sure Chelsea, Arsenal and Liverpool are not small clubs. They may not be as big as Barcelona but by no measure small clubs. Anyways, I must say I am very glad that the fans of those clubs who came here to comment were surprisingly very respectful which I would not expect from Real Madrid fans.
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why always us????? :'(
Come on Real Madrid fans...Where are you? Take the bait so I can get some entertainment!
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Yea, RM fans, take the bait because I am also bored. BTW, how is the internet in the cave? :D
Seville,That's how you should play in a home game, not cutting grass, park the bus and talking about defensive master class(that's an away game tactics),lol.

Anyways man Utd players got a free ride from referee.
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As a manager Conte's job is to try and progress to next round. So, he obviously does what he thinks is Chelsea's best chance of getting result against team who are best in the world in holding possession and dragging opponents players of possession to unleash Suarez , Iniesta and the greatest finisher world football has ever seen. If not for Christensen blunder and unlucky willian strikes it worked perfectly as Conte planned

This is why pundits called it tactical master class because it was how Conte wanted the game to go. Not because 1-1 was a good reason for Chelsea.

Conte never said he wants to please Barca fans by playing into Barca's hands by trying to press very high and get killed at the back by giving enough space to Messi , Suaresz and Iniesta finish the tie in 1st leg.

There was tactics from both ends.

Barca - Best in the world in hold possession with 1000's of short passes center of the pitch and waiting for opponents to press and dragging players out of possession. This fair because this is Barcas strength.

Chelsea - One of the best in the world when it comes to defensive organization. They want to maintain the structure and wait for opponents to lose the possession so that Cesc can pinging a pass to pacy attackers like Hazard , Wiillan and Pedro who are clinical. Again this Chelsea strength.

In UEFA Champions league head to head, played 13 games

Chelsea
Won - 4
goals for - 19

Barca
Won - 3
goals for - 19

There were years when Chelsea scored 3/4 goals against Barca and even 2009 we dominated at bridge but had bad luck with referee. In 2012 and even this season we are surely not good enough to go toe to toe with Barca and win....we might give entertaining game with goals and lose the game. But thats not what manager wants when it could result in sack.

As a fan we are satisfied because we know how bad we have been all season and to almost get a 1-0 against one of the best side in Europe is good because we were expected very less from this on current form.

Its really boring that you guys always want other teams to play to your strength. No need to always complain about others for you failing to execute your tactics.

The return leg will have lot of goals since we cannot afford to wait and must press higher . could be high scoring game
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I know Chelsea wanted to play defensive game and and as a fan, I have no problem with the tactics adopted by conte. I just have problems with calling conte's master class since its an old school tactics to stop us by playing 9 player in the box and quick counter. It's all personal opinion, I also not in favor of playing so defensively at home,as much as it works, one moment would change the outcome of it.And we aren't really performing well in away game this season, if you get a time, you just have to watch our game against Eiber where eiber completely outclassed us. I don't remember the occasion where you threatened us apart from willian's three outside long ranger, credits to him that were three hell of long rangers. Also if you watch closely the game again, you could understand it wasn't just defender blunder that cost you goal, it was a collective mistakes in 90 second lead to our vital goal. What am trying to say is I have seen other teams outclassing us this season in away games, since our team isn't settled yet, valverde plays a safe game in tough away games, hence the talk about master class disturbing me :)

And Chelsea are our kryptonites, we haven't won a single game against you guys since 2006, hope it will change in March 15 ;)
What lead to Barcelona goal A Reddit analysis
TL;DR? A series of nine mistakes in a 50-second period led to Chelsea conceding the equaliser vs. Barça.

If someone solely reads the post-match media coverage from the Chelsea-Barça game, they would believe that Christensen made the major error which led to Barça’s equaliser. The BBC — in its post-match report — stated:

"Barcelona had barely threatened but a misplaced pass from Andreas Christensen gave Andres Iniesta the opportunity to allow Messi to end his 730-minute drought against Chelsea with a crisp left-foot drive 15 minutes from time."

This post will argue that it was not the wayward pass from Christensen, but — in fact — a catalogue of mistakes from multiple Chelsea players which allowed Barça to pounce and score the equaliser.

While Messi’s goal in itself was scored at the 74:29 mark, the build-up of the goal can be traced back to the 73:40 mark. Let’s take a look at the events which took place (along with their timestamp) as we make our case. A user posted this link enabling us to view the alternate angles of the goal.

73:40 — Rakitić plays a pass to Messi who is in the middle of the pitch. Fàbregas and Kanté are double-teaming against Messi. Alba is further forward in the centre of the pitch for Barça and is making a run into the Chelsea penalty box. This is something the La Liga has seen all too often this season. Messi and Alba’s budding partnership this season has caught the eye of the press, and this could have been yet another example of their exceptional partnership. The BBC, in fact, while previewing the game on February 19, had dedicated an entire section to the said partnership titled "Stopping Alba would help".

73:43 — Messi tries to play through a lobbed through ball to Alba, but is blocked by Fàbregas’ shin. Alba puts his arms up in the air in disbelief because he knows a goal-scoring opportunity has just been blocked. Chelsea catch a lucky break, and Fàbregas’ interception falls to Hazard who is not marked.

73:45 — Hazard chests the ball and immediately a trio of Barça players (Busquets, Piqué, and Umtiti) surround him. Busquets and Umtiti try to pry the ball away from him, while Piqué starts running back towards his goal.

Note: Kanté starts his engine and makes a run towards the Barça goal through the left-wing. This is the first error (more on why so later). Pedro’s positioning during these moments was poor. He was behind both Fàbregas and Kanté when Messi tried to play the ball to Alba. He was effectively marking the air because all other Barça players were covered. Ideally, he should have been either parallel to Messi or in front of Busquets during these moments.

But this was not the error. His mistake was not making the run on the left-flank the moment Hazard controlled the ball. He is walking (not even jogging) towards the Barça goal while Hazard is shielding the ball, which meant that Kanté — after spotting the acres of space on the left-wing (vacated because Sergi Roberto was in the final-third of the pitch anticipating a Barça attack) — made the run in order to exploit the space left open by Roberto.

73:48 — Hazard cuts back just a little in order to create space for himself and releases the ball to Willian who gets on his bike. Willian is unmarked because Alba was in the Chelsea penalty area anticipating a Barça attack. The pass from Hazard is a tad wayward (but the best he could have done under the circumstances) and forces Willian to go just a little wide in order to collect it.

73:50 — Willian collects the ball and makes a run towards the goal. He is behind only Piqué (who must be given due credit for smartly reading the game: anticipating what Hazard was going to do, and making the run back towards his goal to prevent Willian from getting a one-on-one opportunity versus ter Stegen). Piqué is also helped out by the minimal waywardness of the pass as Willian had to drift just a little to the right before making his run towards goal, giving Piqué that crucial extra second in his recovery run.

This is where the second mistake is made. Willian spots the run of Kanté after he has controlled the ball, but does not release it. If he released a through ball at that very moment, the ball would then reach Kanté who would then have a one-on-one opportunity versus ter Stegen. Sergi Roberto was a considerable distance behind Kanté, and even though Rakitić is making a recovery run towards Kanté, he would not be able to reach Kanté before the through pass.

Willian — perhaps buoyed with confidence after scoring the first goal of the game, or anticipating that Kanté may not do well in an attacking situation — decides to dribble himself. This closes any opportunity for a pass to Kanté as both Sergi Roberto and Rakitić have completed their recovery runs and positioned themselves in a manner which meant that Kanté will not have any goalscoring opportunity.

73:54 — Willian tries to cut inside, but an expert tackle from Piqué gets the ball fairly and now Chelsea have no goalscoring opportunity at all.

73:56 — Umtiti controls the ball which has been won fairly by Piqué and Barça start playing out from the back.

74:07 — The ball is played to Messi and Barça have 10 of their players in their own half, with only Suárez making a run towards the Chelsea goal.

74:08 — Messi releases a world-class long-ball to Suárez, who is between Christensen and Rüdiger. The ball reaches its intended target — Suárez, on the edge of the penalty box, cutting through both Christensen and Rüdiger.

74:11 — The ball reaches its intended target but some good pressure from Rüdiger results in Suárez not being able to control it and tumbling down in the box, appealing for a penalty.

74:13 — This is where the third mistake is made. Christensen, perhaps believing that Rüdiger has touched the ball (for what it’s worth, in real-time it didn’t look like he had), tries to control the ball before it goes out for what he believes would be a corner. The smart play would have been either asking the goalkeeper to come and collect it, or letting it roll out (for what would have most probably been a goal-kick).

Instead, Christensen tries to control it. Inexplicably, he tries to control it with his feet rather than his chest, even though no Barça player is anywhere near the Chelsea box and Suárez is down appealing for a penalty. He fails miserably with his attempted control, which actually is just about to send the ball for a corner. Christensen tracks back and prevents it from going for a corner just in the nick of time. This has allowed Barça players to return to the Chelsea half.

74:20 — Christensen then plays the ball to Kanté who simply plays it back to him. This is where the previous events become relevant. Anyone who would have started watching the game from 74:13 would have surely (and rightly!) counted Kanté playing the ball back to Christensen as a mistake and a poor decision. But, given what just transpired before it is totally understandable why Kanté did so. Kanté had just run from box-to-box and may have perhaps been out of breath or out of position, therefore decided to play the ball back to Christensen.

This is why Pedro’s casual walk towards the Barça goal at 73:45 ends up hurting Chelsea, and is therefore counted as the first mistake. Had he made the run instead of Kanté, it would not only have increased the likelihood of Willian giving a through ball to Pedro at 73:50, but it would have also meant that Kanté would have remained in position and would therefore be better suited to play the ball forward from Christensen’s pass at 74:20.

At this point I feel really poorly for Christensen because even before (and in fact, while) playing the ball to Kanté, he was gesticulating with his arms that he wanted Kanté to pass the ball to someone other than him, but Kanté gave it straight back to him.

Note: Credit where credit is due, and Busquets deserves immense credit for his pressing at this moment. At 74:20 he was second-furthest forward for Barça (behind only Suárez) and it is his pressure which also leads to Kanté playing the ball back to Christensen.

74:23 — Christensen — aware that he is being closed down by Aleix Vidal, and that he cannot play the ball to Kanté — plays a wayward pass. The intended recipient of the pass cannot be deciphered — it may either be Azpilicueta or Fàbregas. But the pass itself is so awful that it doesn’t reach either. This was undoubtedly the fourth and second-biggest mistake, because it allowed a chance to be created. Christensen is rightly being panned for the same.

This is where the importance of footballing instincts is revealed. The moment Christensen plays the pass, both Messi and Iniesta smartly read that it is wayward and begin pressing. Fàbregas, Azpilicueta, and Moses are all slow to react — perhaps each anticipating that the other will deal with it.

74:24 — This is where the fifth mistake is made. When the ball is with Christensen on the left-wing, Rüdiger is perfectly positioned on the left of Suárez thereby being in a position where he can either intercept or fight for a ball meant for Suárez. But he just switches off when Christensen plays the ball to the other wing. Instead of smartly reading the game like Piqué did during Chelsea’s previous attack, Rüdiger is ball-watching is jogging towards it when he should be rushing towards the other side of Suárez in order to intercept any ball which can be played towards him.

It’s only at 74:27 (when Iniesta strolls into the penalty box with the ball) that Rüdiger realises his error and tries to make up for it. By then it is too late. Iniesta could have just as easily played the ball to Suárez — who was not just unmarked but also onside — and it would have still ended up in the back of the net. Arguably, Iniesta chose to make the harder pass to Messi, but the result was the same — a goal.

74:26 — This is where the sixth and biggest mistake is made. Azpilicueta — wanting to nip the chance in its bud — goes in with a sliding tackle to clear the ball. He misses not just the ball but also Iniesta. For me, this is the biggest mistake, because if you are going to commit, you need to be absolutely certain that you are either going to get the ball or the man, because otherwise you are leaving your team with a man down in defence.

Ask any Chelsea fan and they will rate Azpilicueta as their best defender, so it is even more crushing that it was his mistake which was the biggest.

What makes it worse is that Azpilicueta could have easily beaten Iniesta for pace and got to the ball before Iniesta did. He could have then passed it to Moses, or cleared it for a throw-in which would have allowed Chelsea to regroup. Even if Iniesta got to the ball before him, he could have muscled him off of it, or made a fair tackle, or made a professional foul and taken one for the team, or double-teamed Iniesta with Moses. This is why it’s absolutely gut-wrenching for me as a Chelsea fan that Azpilicueta of all people made this error. I’m gutted for him.

74:27 — Iniesta skips past the tackle from Azpilicueta, and cruises into the Chelsea penalty box. This is where the seventh mistake is made. Moses anticipates that Azpilicueta will win the tackle and doesn’t track back to cover for him in case he doesn’t. He fails to read the game properly. Contrast this with Piqué’s smart reading of the game during Chelsea’s previous attack and one can easily understand why Moses must be replaced with a defensively sound wing-back next season, and why Piqué is one of the best defenders in the world.

74:28 — This is where the eighth mistake is made. Fàbregas is attracted towards the ball and rushes towards Iniesta, perhaps realising that Iniesta is unmarked in the penalty box rushes towards him as Moses is nowhere near. But a defensively-aware midfielder would have made a run towards Suárez at that moment. This is because of multiple reasons.

First, a run towards Suárez would mean that Iniesta would no longer have the easier option of passing the ball to an unmarked player and that he would have to make the tougher pass — a cut back to Messi.

Second, it would have enabled Fàbregas to block Messi’s shot in case it was headed towards the right side of the post (which would mean that Courtois in all likelihood would dive to the left, saving Messi’s shot).

Lastly, it would have encouraged Iniesta to try and take an angled shot on his weaker foot when Courtois had all his angles covered, further reducing any chance of the ball ending up in the back of the net.

This is where the lack of a mature midfielder who is equal parts attacking and defensive is hurting Chelsea. Playing without Fàbregas — as Chelsea did for much of last season — meant very little creativity, while playing with him has obvious defensive limitations.

74:29 — The ninth and final mistake is committed by Courtois when Messi is about to take his shot. As Steven Gerrard pointed out on BT Sport, Courtois goes down way too early, perhaps anticipating where Messi will place his shot. Perhaps the videos he was shown and information he was given led him to make this decision — but we’ll never know that. What we do know is that Courtois did go down too early and that left him with absolutely no chance to save Messi’s shot.

To conclude, therefore, it was not — in fact — a singular error from Christensen, but in fact a catalogue of errors from multiple Chelsea players that led to Barça’s equaliser. It is crushing because Chelsea could have gotten away with even a couple of errors, but this string constituted of almost the perfect storm which resulted in Barça’s equaliser, and swung the entire tie in their favour. That is why it is gonna hurt if we are knocked out! Now I know how Barça fans felt in 2012…

I think its a Chelsea fan who made this analysis
Throughout the season and throughout out our high years we had games such as yesterday's. The other team comes with the plan of defending deep and when opportunity arrives counterattacking with their fast players. No Conte is not a genius that did this first time. I would rather give credit to Mourinho who came up, probably first, with this blue print.
The other point is, how come a team like Chelsea hailed for playing like this? Is it such an achievement to get a 1-1 result at the home? Espanyol have done better.
Barca will not be forgiven if they play with such tactics at home or away. Stature and standard of the club is so great we simply cannot afford to do that even when we have hopelessly bad players such as Paulinho and Gomes in the team. Chelsea on the other hand although have players with quality almost on par to Barca can play with such tactics and hailed genius for getting 1-1 draw at their home. So, a small club still.
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Any team that plays against us has two reactions from viewers:
1) If they win or draw "Great tactics...defensive masterclass" or
2) If they lose - "Oh well, they tried but Barca is just that good."

On the other hand, unless Barca demolishes the opponent, any scoreline which is even remotely close is classified as a failure to do what Barca does. That's how Barca is judged in the Messi era and to some extent it is understandable since we have the GOAT on our team.

As far as tactics is concerned, it isn't a new idea to counterattack Barcelona after defending deep. Shape, formation, etc is of little consequence if you are willing to put numbers behind the ball. Conte didn't invent this and there will be many more who will do the exact same thing. You have to give credit to players who stuck to the plan. I don't ever think its a defensive masterclass if you stack the last 1/3rd of the field with players. It works well literally for every team. It doesn't guarantee a positive result but it negates the advantage that superior teams have against them.

I think Chelsea's individual players deserve more credit than Conte. Rudiger was outstanding along with Azpi and Alonso. Kante was quietly doing his job and even Cesc managed to not be lazy. Christensen is new to this and was clearly shitting his pants. I think Conte should have used Morata right from the start because Morata is great in the air and Barca always struggles with aerial balls. Going with 3 small forwards made his game plan one dimensional. There was nobody on Chelsea team who would test Pique's weak aerial abilities.

And let's not call Chelsea a small club. They have been the most consistent english team for over 12 years now. They're not Barca or Madrid but they're still not a "small club".
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First of all, we are not celebrating like we won a trophy. But it was a very good performance considering our form in 2018. As a Chelsea fan I was happy with the performance even though result was not perfect. It is normal for Barcelona to get lots of possession. But there was not much threat for this possession. Nobody is saying Conte invented this tactics. Everyone is saying that he had a plan and it was successful. And we are very much in this tie eventhough it's difficult to win at camp Nou.
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I love kids that think that because they are fans of clubs like Madrid or Barca entitles them to think that they are better people. Leo nonstop talking about small clubs and Barca being the best. Chelsea should have won 3-0 from nonbiased view and I would have love it because of people like you, even though I like Barca more than Chelsea.

You're so butthurt Leo and it was fun at first, but you're getting boring... Chelsea may be small club from your POV, but the truth is that you're sore loser and a bad person.
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Leefo, we are proud that we got an away goal playing our way. We are just annoyed by some Chelsea fans' small minded thinking.
And, please don't come up with "should've", "could've" cause those are pathetic phrases to use in any good argument.
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heh, you're the person that started this, comparing Chelsea to Real Sociedad or Espanyol etc., so don't start turning tables, your stirring comments have nothing to do with Chelsea's fans. You're being silly.

And I will use whatever english word I will find fitting, thank you. We're not even arguing, I'm just calling you embarrassing troll, because that's what you're doing here for past 2 days. But no worries, Barca fans tend to do this, not the first time I find Barca fan being pompous and snotty. Take a look at guy like Jeroen, always respectful member of this community. Then take a look at you.

And I'm not really sure what you want to hear, everyone sane knows that Barca is like cradle of total football for past XY years and under Pep they produced the best football you will possibly see in your lifetime. So what? That doesn't make Chelsea small club and it doesn't determine which tactics should Chelsea use. Not really even sure what you're trying to achieve here apart from that blatant trolling.
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one more thing, what most people don't get. Being fan of a club isn't a merit and gives you no right to feel superior over fans of other clubs. They are not your trophies, you have literally nothing to do with the success of the club.

A bit of respect really goes a long way.
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^Are you claiming that sitting on my arse watching other men kick a ball on TV is not a great achievement? What a blasphemous statement! How dare you talk to me like that, I've won the champions league several times.
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Haha well said Leefo
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Well said Leefo...respect!
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Haha like that. Other small club fans are flocking in and liking the comment from another small club fan.

Yes, we are superior in terms of expectation and thinking. Yes, the players have moulded us into such fans but, here we are, we have become fans with high expectations. I cannot undo that and start praising negative cowardice football. Sorry..
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Barça race, supreme race!
All other races park the bus and suck because they have less than 50% possession!
Barça DNA > other DNA!
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So Messi moulded you into big-headed sad person that feeds on success of others? Nah, I don't think so, that was your choice. Messi is much more humble than you are :)

And the time will come, every club goes through a rough patch, so I hope that won't crush your world, when Barca won't win treble every second season or so and the small clubs will start to make your fan life uncomfortable with whatever tactics they will choose against your team.
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Lol Leo you are ridiculous.... here have a slice of humble pie

https://tinyurl.com/y9pmqld3
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Leefo, I am the kind of person who cherishes teams like Girona and Betis. I don't think my world will be crushed when Messi and Iniesta are gone as long as we have that DNA. I might never be able to enjoy games like I do now without Messi though
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Andres, I was too humble at my office the whole day today. I am having my time now. ;)
Arsenal a small club?

/facepalm

I was very active on our game day: I saw Barca fans wishing Chelsea fans good luck; I saw Chelsea fans talking about how much they respect Barca's players; I saw people from both fan bases sharing in the wish for a clean, injury-free game that would end with no redcards.

Out of dozens of users and dozens of comments, I've only seen one thing lacking class; only one thing that is a "small" mentality...and it certainly wasn't Chelsea.
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Well, you can be critical of Chelsea's approach in a home game since we have been poor all away games in ucl this season.we could disagree of talk about conte master class. But calling them small clubs are certainly ridiculous things to say. Whatever their tactics may be, we haven't won a single game against them since 2006, it does speak how good they're.
I honestly want to believe LEO had a bad day in office because saying such things are certainly disrespectful to their fan base.
Typical finish by Messi, good luck in the 2nd leg.
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What a game! Yeah Chelsea had their tactics right, but we got the all important away goal. Going back to juventus game last year, we lost the tie in the first leg. We always seem to struggle against such tactics but neverthless we did well against a team who usually give us a hard time. At the end of the day, you create your own luck.

Also, i dont fall for this “chelsea is underdog” crap. This was a hype created by media and some fans which adds pressure to the team.they have an amazing squad and can beat any team on their day. Plus we have always had competitive games amongst us, no mater what the squad.
Parking the team never been easy for us. I would rather play against Bayern,Madrid, city or Bayern than teams like Chelsea, juve or atleti. They are pain in the ass.

Media and their fans acted like they're nothing based on recent form . And the form doesn't matter in knockout stages.
Just wanted to clarify to Sanchez dude since he has been saying "same chelsea fans said they wont park bus with Conte" from last 2/3 hours non stop all over the footy.

Today Conte 1st time in Conte's Chelsea career he face a team who will easily dominate because of the quality of the team. So he obviously was pragmatic and went for conservative approach rather than opening legs like Wenger would do and kill the tie in 1st leg. It worked really well until we made one defensive mistake and thats to woodwork.

Yes, we dont park Bus under Conte you like it or not. His record against big teams in PL is equal to Pep ..If we were really good at Parking bus under conte wont lose 3-0 to Roma draw 3-3 at home to finish 2nd and endup facing Barca instead of 2nd tier team. He could have easily setup for Draw vs Roma and finished Top of the group.

I dont know if you even watched Chelsea Roma 3-0 game..It was a open end to end game where Roma picked us apart on counter and we failed to take our chances.

He would not come to AM and beat them 2-1. I guess you dint watch that game either. Because we Chelsea fans know how we have struggled against AM in recent years in away tie and how we dominated and beat them 2-1 this year.

If it makes you so happy...ok we parked bus and played for a draw and we will so same again in 2nd leg and maybe fail badly. Cheers and lets hope for a good game in 2nd leg.

I sure Conte wishes to have squad like Barca to have more possession and try to dominate Barca. But he does not and not many in the world have that luxury. Great tactics and he got best out of players he had.
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LOL so just because you drew Roma 3-3, it means you don't park the bus. And big difference between us and Roma. Whatever way you put it, defensive football or cautious football or conservitive approach...it was parking the bus with 11 men behind the ball.

That doesn't mean Chelsea didn't have chances or didn't attack. But you guys had 3 attacks and 1 of them was a goal. Why are people acting like Chelsea were attacking us all game long?

No difference between this game and when we face a bottom table team in La Liga who set up defensive and counter.
@Bazinga. I disagree with some bit because you make it sound like this chelsea squad is inferior to barcas squad, when thats clearly not the case (Yeah maybe you can argue that we have Messi). Chelsea have an equally wonderful squad who can challenge Barcelona on any given day. Clearly you guys are not underdogs. and the fact that some of you think that you are, makes this performance an amazing one in your eyes, when in reality it were 2 equally competitive teams facing each other. So kudos to barca for drawing 1-1 away from home.

Let's see how the 2nd leg unfolds. its still a 50/50 to me
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Mate we were very conservative with the ball...going sideways and back most of the time.
Chelsea were set up to counter-attack with a very speedy front 3. I am not sure what else Conte could have done.
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You guys are top and undefeated in the league. Of course any team with a serious approach to the competition will play cautious in this scenario (except arsenal probably lol). Last thing you want is to go toe 2 toe with imo the best team in Europe and find yourself down by a few goals and still have to play at camp nou in the return leg.
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@Sanchez - Chelsea played with 11 men behind the ball and Barca with 1?

Yes Conte sets up his team for all 11 men to work hard for team ....He wont be happy holding on to the ball for 75% of the game and wait for mistake at the back. Atleast we have 3 meaningful attacks with 1 was goal and two saved by post. How many meaningful attacks barca had?

" No difference between this game and when we face a bottom table team in La Liga who set up defensive and counter."

Well even Bouremouth and Watford had more meaningful attacks and goals scoring efforts than Barca had today. So this means they play more attacking football rather than keeping 75% ball to do nothing meaningful? I will leave it here for now.

Anyways lets not waste space arguing about something which does not matter to anyone. Not everyone needs to agree with everyone.

Chelsea had better game and Barca got better result

cheers

Messionage- Fair enough...but lets be honest Barca squad and Chelsea squad and not equal by any means. Only Hazard , Willian , Azip , Kante & maybe Cesc are on par with Barca quality

If we have Costa it could have been lot better and different type of game IMO
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It gets old when our fans complain about a team parking the bus against us. Fact of the matter is, Chelsea were tactically brilliant and if I was coach, I would set up my team the exact same way as Conte did. This is how you stop Barca.
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Tactically brilliant my f*****g ass LOL. In that case every small team in La Liga that parks the bus and gets a result frm us is tactical genius.

And Bazinga, except against Watford and such you didn't par the bus. I'm sure if you had, they wouldn't have scored 3 goals.

I just don't get why it's so hard for you to admit you guys parked the bus arena countered. I know you look pretty stupid for saying.Conte and chelsea dont park the bus but it's ok. It's not the first time you've made yourself look like a clown.
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Well, Chelsea had a perfect game if the game played at camp nou, otherwise conte set up an old school tactics to park and counter. I think barca fans complaining about this result because they thought game would have been much easier considering their recent form. But in ucl knockout stage, form doesn't matter, I expected a tough game from them and we got one. EV wouldn't be more adventurous than this in such an important away game, also we have played with extremely well in second half. most important thing is we have got a precious away goal and draw from bridge. Now we have an edge, that we should capitalize.
Also let's stop with the "we got lucky" nonsense. Ever since pep took over, our philosophy has to been to pressure the opponent. If we can't break their defense, we steal the ball from them or force them to make mistakes.

That's why mourinho decided to hand the ball to us vs inter because he was afraid Barca would steal the ball and score. Their mistake wasn't a casual back pass which just fell to us. It was a result of a high press when their defense was out of shape. If you decide to defend with 10 men, better make sure you do it until the final whistle.
+4
Was saying same, our fans acting like we got lucky for some reason.
The only time we really pressed high, we got the ball and scored. Hope we can do it more often in the second leg and kill the tie.
Then there's this other assumption that Chelsea could have scored more goals because willian hit the posts twice. So two shots plus goal = 3 goals. After Chelsea scored, they retreated back. So much they actually didn't register a single shot on target and the two shots they took were wild swings. Hazard was freely roaming around up top pulled back and camped near there box. It'st likely that if willian had scored from his first shot, Chelsea would have pulled back and tightened up anyway.
they didnt really produce as much besides those william shots and a couple other ones that werent even close to the goal. tobe fair both teams offensively were very poor the only reason I say Chelsea had a better game is because that was their original plan all along. even from the intial lineup it was shown that no real number 9 was there so they wanted to hit us in the counterattack. Barcerlona was set up to break down the defense with high pressing and precision passing but even thought we dominated possesion we couldt break their defense down. and even almoost got second befrore we scored.

To be fair both goals came up from defensive mistakes from both teams. it was a very dull game overall
Paulinho scored some goals this season to hide his poor ball control and zero creativity for a while, but it's starting to become painfully clear that overall he has been quite poor. He's starting to look more and more like the garbage player we originally though we were getting in the summer, the one that was only good for memes. He takes way too many touches before making the simplest of passes. At the moment he's just another Gomes. I hope he improves his game and proves me wrong.
+3
Come on. He's not garbage. What did other players do today. He's not a top tier player. He's more of a squad rotation guy. He's going to have bad days.
I was talking about the whole season, not just this match.
Paulinho cannot play against teams that press. He's good when we need a goal and he can camp inside the box
Well he's the 4th highest scorer on the team. And he has scored some winners. So I'm not sure why you think his season has been garbage either.
Btw, I hope Hazard doesn't go to Madrid. Dude is insanely good and only Messi is a better player than him
+1
He didn't play well today, pique contained him well to be exact!
yeah he wasn't at his best today...but he was isolated upfront which wont happen if he plays for a team with better players around him.
Wasn't saying he isn't one of the best. I just wondered why Hari saying this based on this game,lol.


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11
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24
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9
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16
20
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24
17
18
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16
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5
24
18
17
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24
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