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Chelsea?s Champions League Dream Is Over!
« on: March 15, 2018, 08:47:07 AM »
Barcelona 3-0 Chelsea (agg: 4-1)
It is pain in Spain for Chelsea as Barcelona book the final spot in the quarter-finals of the Champions League.

Antonio Conte shakes hands with his Chelsea players but saves his warmest hug for Barcelona superstar Lionel Messi after the match.

The two cover their mouths as they engage in conversation. ?Come to Chelsea, pleaseeeeee,? Conte probably said to him.

Lionel Messi and Antonio Conte,
Barcelona 3-0 Chelsea (Agg: 4-1)
Messi adds third, his 100th CL goal (63)
Dembele adds second (20)
Messi gets early goal (3)
Messi, Iniesta return for hosts
Giroud in attack with Hazard & Willian
Moses, Rudiger start for Blues
Champions League Last-16
Second Leg at the Nou Camp
First leg finished 1-1 at Stamford Bridge
Chelsea?s Champions League dream is over! They?ve gone toe-to-toe with Barcelona tonight and had their chances but it?s Barcelona?s night. A clinical performance from Lionel Messi was the difference They book their place in the draw for the last eight, which takes place on Friday at 11am.

?We were unlucky?


Chelsea wing-back Marcos Alonso tells BT Sport: ?They have Lionel Messi and I think they were the better team even though we competed well in both games. If we concede easy goals and miss the chances, then it is very difficult against this team.

?We knew they have top players and we cannot give them one metre because they can create and score. We were a little bit unlucky with he first two goals, we hit the post three times, had so many chances in both games. We have to improve and when you lose, you have to train and get better.

?They were not comfortable in the first half and we just missed the chances. It could have been 2-2 at half time but at 2-0 in this stadium, against this team, it is not easy to come back.?


Live Commentaries below

Chelsea?s Champions League dream is over! They?ve gone toe-to-toe with Barcelona tonight and had their chances but it?s Barcelona?s night. A clinical performance from Lionel Messi was the difference They book their place in the draw for the last eight, which takes place on Friday at 11am.

90: There will be TWO minutes of added time?

90: CROSSBAR! Rudiger rises highest at the far post but sees his header crash back off the crossbar. It just hasn?t been Chelsea?s night tonight.

88: SAVE! Zappacosta test Ter Stegen from distance and the German keeper gets down well to his right to make a comfortable save.
85: SAVE! Paulinho?s all alone in the box as he steers a header goalwards. Courtois shows brilliant reactions to tip the ball over the bar.
82: SUB! Pedro comes on to a brilliant ovation from the home fans. He replaces Hazard.
80: CORNER! Messi gets the corner all wrong, handing Courtois an easy catch! Or did he get it wrong. Did he spot Courtois off his line and look to whip the ball into the net at the near post? You wouldn?t put it past the little magician!
79: SAVE! Messi looks to beat Courtois from a long way out as the ball flicks off the wall, forcing the goalkeeper to punch behind for a corner.
76: YELLOW! Paulinho hooks the ball clear as his foot catches the stud of Alonso. The referee adjudges Alonso?s boot to be high and brandishes a yellow card.
74: CORNER! They go short to Hazard, who lays the ball off to Fabregas. The Spaniard goes for the return pass but it?s a poor effort as Barca win possession back.
73: Morata?s cross is steered behind by Pique. Corner to Chelsea?
70: Zappacosta gets to the byline but he cannot wrap his foot around the ball and it flies out for a goal kick.
67: SUB! Barcelona make their final change as Dembele makes way for Vidal.
65: SUB! Conte reacts by sending Morata on for Giroud and Zappacosta for Moses.
63 mins
GOAL ? Barcelona 3-0 Chelsea (agg: 4-1)
Lionel Messi


Chelsea leave gaps at the back which Barcelona exploit.

Lionel Messi shows rapid pace to break into the box, past Victor Moses and drills a shot in between the legs of Thibaut Courtois. That is like a dragger through the heart.

Ton up. It is Messi?s 100th Champions League goal and he lifts his metaphorical bat in the direction of the adoring home supporters.

Lionel Messi
62: BLOCK! More brilliant build-up play from Chelsea, who work the ball to Alonso in some space on the left edge of the Barcelona penalty area. Alonso swings a left boot at the ball but his shot is blocked by Pique who throws his body at the ball.

61: SUB! Another Barca change and it?s Busquets who is coming off. He is replaced by Andre Gomes.

60: Moses gets himself into a good position on the right but his cross is poor. It?s straight at Alba, who is able to clear.

57: Willian drives at the heart of the Barcelona defence. He has Alonso to his left and Giroud to his right. The French striker attempts a run through the middle but he;s not on the same wavelength as Willian, whose pass misses its intended target.

 55: SUB! Barcelona make the first change of the night as Iniesta, who was an injury doubt before the game, is replaced by Paulinho.

53: Once again, Chelsea are having their moments in this game. Can they take a chance to get the nerves jangling at the Nou Camp?

50: PENALTY? Willian slides the ball through for Alonso, who is in on goal. He beats the offside trap and his next step is to get a shot away. However, he goes to ground as Pique looks to win the ball back for the hosts. The referee waves away the Chelsea appeals and Giroud is booked for his part in asking for the penalty. In fairness to the referee, the replays show Alonso to have gone down rather easily.

49: WHAT A TACKLE! Alonso gets set to swing a left boot at the ball but Dembele slides in with an important tackle to deny the goalscoring opportunity.

 48: A mix-up between Courtois and Azpilicueta almost gifts Suarez a goal. Courtois atones for the error though sticking out a boot to make a smart save.

47: An early chace for Willian to get a shot away but Umtiti is in the way for Barcelona.

Chelsea get us back underway. Can they pull off a remarkable comeback?

Barcelona 2-0 Chelsea (agg: 3-1)

Chris Sutton

Ex-Chelsea striker on BBC Radio 5 live

So so close from Marcos Alonso he got the pace on it and Marc-Andre ter Stegen couldn?t get close to it. That?s agonising for Chelsea.

They have had their chances in the first half. I think Chelsea have performed well but if you make mistakes at this level you get found out.


That?s it for the first 45 minutes. Chelsea have a mountain to climb after the break after goals from Messi and Dembele but they?ve had there moments in this game. They haven?t taken their chances whereas Barcelona have been ruthless in front of goal.

45: POST! It?s Alonso who strikes it and the ball looks to be heading for the top corner. Ter Stegen?s stranded but unfortunately for Chelsea the ball clips the outside of the post.
45: YELLOW! Willian?s booked for protesting about the wall being too close.
44: Giroud turns away from Umtiti before going to ground under a challenge from the defender. The whistle goes for a free-kick to Chelsea but it?s a soft one. Alonso and Willian stand over the ball..
42: The ball falls to Iniesta, who sweeps a first-time pass through in search of Messi. The ball evades the Argentinean though, who looks to be in an offside position.
41: There are arms everywhere as Pique and Giroud jump for the ball. Pique goes down holding his face but there?s no intent from the Frenchman as play continues.
38: CHANCES! Willian cuts the ball back from the byline for Alonso, who forces Ter Stegen into action. The German goalkeeper palms the ball back into play though and the danger?s not over. Seconds later, Kante bursts through the Barca defence before dragging a left-footed shot wide of the far post. Was Fabregas better placed to take the shot on? The midfielder was coming onto the ball on his right foot but Kante got there before him.
37: WIDE! Iniesta shifts the ball onto his left foot before dragging his shot well wide of the target.
34: FREE-KICK! Pique almost latches onto the ball into the box but it safely runs through to Courtois.
33: A final warning for Rudiger, who trips Messi right over by the touchline.
32: Azpilicueta whips the ball into the Barcelona penalty area in search of Giroud but it?s too close to Ter Stegen, who makes a comfortable catch.
31: Dembele attempts to pick out the run of Rakitic but Rudiger is alert to the danger, making a crucial interception.
28: SAVE! Barcelona are turning on the style now! Iniesta twists and turns in the Chelsea penalty area before playing a sublime back heel into the path of Suarez, who gets a shot away first time. This time, Courtois narrows the angle and makes a smart block.
 25: Worth noting that Dembele?s goal means we will not have extra time tonight.
GOAL ? Barcelona 2-0 Chelsea (agg: 3-1)
Ousmane Dembele

Ousmane Dembele
Rex Features

Oh dear. Another error, punished again.

One thing you cannot, CANNOT do is give the ball away to Barcelona, especially to Lionel Messi.

The Argentine picks off Cesc Fabregas in the centre circle and Chelsea are on the back foot thereafter.

Messi reaches the edge of the box, he can have a shot himself but elects to roll the ball across to Ousmane Dembele.

Can the Frenchman grab his first Barcelona goal? He can indeed, with aplomb, riffling a strike high into the top corner.

Mountain to climb now.

19: The referee gets in the way as Messi and Iniesta look to combine. It allows Chelsea to win possession back and they move the ball forward through Moses.
16: Christensen gives Suarez a shove on the halfway line and the former Liverpool striker goes down holding his head. It?s definitely a free-kick but Suarez makes a meal of the challenge.
13: SAVE! Willian ignores the run of Moses and strikes a low shot goalwards. he hits the target but it?s a simple save for Ter Stegen from that distance.
12: Barca clear the initial cross into the box but Chelsea recycle the ball well with hazard picking it up on the edge of the penalty area. he slips the ball through for Rudiger, who pulls a shot wide of the far post. It wouldn?t have counted anyway as the flag is up for offside against the defender.
10: Moses plays a give and go with Giroud before being blocked of by Umtiti. The referee has a long think but eventually blows his whistle to award Chelsea a free-kick.
9: Chelsea have responded well to going behind. Willian slides the ball through for Moses on the overlap and Iniesta is forced into a sliding challenge. The midfielder does brilliantly though and times the tackle perfectly.
7: Timed at two minutes, eight seconds, that is Lionel Messi?s quickest ever Champions League goal.
6 mins
Having fallen behind, Chelsea respond well and gain a free-kick down the left.

Willian whips it in, low towards the front post, and it almost sneaks in via a deflection, but hits the sidenetting.

3 mins
GOAL ? Barcelona 1-0 Chelsea (agg: 2-1)
Lionel Messi

Lionel Messi
Obviously him.

This is a terrible goal to concede and so early in the match.

Lionel Messi tries a one-two with Ousmane Dembele but Marcos Alonso fails to clear the ball from inside his own box.

It drops back to the Argentine ? you don?t want that ? and he slips a right-footed finish in between the legs of Thibaut Courtois and into the net.

It was a very weak shot. Often so reliable, this is a moment goalkeeper Courtois will want to forget.

1: KICK-OFF! Here we go! The atmosphere is electric as Barcelona get us underway.

Barcelona are optimistic for an action pact 90 minutes as two of their key players have returned for tonight?s Champions League clash with Chelsea.
Lionel Messi, who scored his side?s goal in the 1-1 draw at Stamford Bridge in the first leg, returns after missing Barcelona ?s win at Malaga at the weekend due to the birth of his third child.Andres Iniesta has also returned amid injury fears going into tonight?s game at the Nou Camp. The Spaniard was expected to miss out against the Blues after picking up a hamstring problem in the recent win against Atletico Madrid, yet he has recovered to face the EPL Champions.Apparently Messi is growing as player, not just as a goalscorer, and he understands what is required in every part of the pitch and every stage of the game.The Argentina international has appeared when he is needed this season, especially in the big games, so the Catalans have a strong chance of progressing. However, Chelsea will have their moments, and it remains to be seen whether they take it.\Manager for the two sides have already been speaking tough  ahead of the Camp Nou match.
Chelsea will ?have to suffer? in the second leg of their Champions League last-16 tie against Barcelona, says Blues manager Antonio Conte.

Lionel Messi?s equaliser cancelled out Willian?s opener in the first leg at Stamford Bridge.

?For the manager, for every coach, it is not simple to sleep a lot, especially before these types of games,? said Conte.

?I hope my players also have the same excitement [as me]?.

Chelsea will hope to take inspiration from their 2-2 semi-final draw at the Nou Camp in 2012, giving them a 3-2 victory on aggregate.

Barca vs chelsea Line Ups
That year, under Roberto di Matteo, Chelsea went on to win the trophy, beating Bayern Munich on penalties in the final.

Conte said: ?You must be excited to play this kind of game at the Nou Camp. A lot of my players have never played in this stadium and we want to try to do our best.

?In the first leg, we played a really good game and it was almost perfect. That was against a team that I consider one of the best in the world.

?But when we made a mistake, we paid for it. The final result of that games gives a great advantage to Barcelona.

?We know very well the philosophy of Barcelona. For sure they want to dominate and play their football, to score and to win the game, and we have to try to do our best.

?We have to concentrate, to stay with your head on the pitch in every moment and to know that there are moments we have to suffer. Not only Chelsea, but every team who plays Barcelona has to suffer.

?They have to be compact and when you have the ball you have to have the feeling in your heart to create the chance to score.?

Barca coach Ernesto Valverde added: ?It is a very important game. It is down to the player. It is a game you can only play if you are 100%.?

Chelsea defender Antonio Rudiger is available again after missing last Saturday?s win over Crystal Palace, while the Blues have no other injury worries.

Match facts

68% of away sides to draw the first leg of a Champions League knockout tie 1-1 progress to the next round (23/34).
This will be the 14th meeting between these sides in the Champions League ? only two fixtures have been played more often in the competition ? Bayern v Real Madrid (18) and Barcelona v Milan (15).
Six of the 13 previous meetings have ended in draws (46%) ? of all fixtures to have been played at least 10 times, only Chelsea v Liverpool has ended level more often (50% ? 5/10).

Barcelona have lost only four of their 39 Champions League knockout games at home (W25 D10), with Liverpool the only English team to win there (2-1 in February 2007).
Barcelona have won 23 Champions League games against English clubs, more than any other side in the competition.
Lionel Messi scored his first ever Champions League goal against Chelsea at the ninth time of asking in the first leg. He has scored more goals against English clubs than any other player in the competition (18).
Luis Suarez has failed to score in the last 881 minutes of play in the Champions League, his longest drought in the competition. His last goal came back in March 2017 against Paris St-Germain.

Chelsea are unbeaten in their last eight Champions League games against Barcelona (W2 D6), with their last four visits to Nou Camp ending level.
The Blues have been shown four red cards in Champions League games against Barcelona, accounting for 33% of their total red cards in the competition (4/12).
Chelsea have already won at Atletico Madrid this season ? they could become only the third team to win away at two Spanish clubs in the same Champions League campaign after AC Milan (v Barcelona and Deportivo in 2000-01) and Roma (v Real Madrid and Valencia in 2002-03).
Six of Willian?s nine Champions League goals for Chelsea have been from outside the box. Since he joined the Blues in 2013, he?s scored more from long range than any other player in the competition.
Eden Hazard has set up his team-mates for a shot on 23 occasions in the Champions League this season, the joint-most alongside Neymar.


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