Chelsea Shown How To Tame Barcelona
Chelsea produced a superb defensive display to record a stunning 1-0 victory over champions Barcelona in the first leg of their champions league semi final.
Guest post by Chelsea fan: Lewis Taylor
Wednesday the 18th of April, a mouthwatering encounter between two giants of football; Barcelona and Chelsea, who contest the first leg of their Champions League semi final clash.
Many bookmakers and sports pundits put Chelsea down as underdogs, and understandably so. Barcelona hold a phenomenal pedigree and are the reigning champions.
Di Matteo set out his team with an ambition to frustrate Barca. They ruffed them up, man marked and defended for there lives to force through a dramatic 1-0 victory.
All of the team where phenomenal, Barcelona had an incredible 730 passes completed and nearly 80% of the possession, yet the Blues ran out winners.
Sanchez had the first effort on goal after a great through ball found the Chilean who lobbed the ball over Cech, to the delight of Chelsea fans the ball crashed of the crossbar. Cesc Fabregas sent a shot wide from 5 yards before Ashley Cole cleared another effort off the line.
Despite all of the position it was Didier Drogba once again who scored for the Blues just before half time. Messi the culprit proving he is human! Lampard tackled the Argentine and pinged a delightful ball to the chasing Ramires. Remi used his pace to surge forward and cross to Didier Drogba, who found the back of the net from close range. Chelsea 1-0
The second half was all Barcelona. Sanchez again went close after Fabregas sent him clear with a cute through ball, but the attacker put him shot wide. Messi then whipped in a dangerous free kick, Puyol flicked the ball towards goal, but Cech produced a match winning save to keep it at 1-0.
In the dying minutes mins Barca should have levelled. Pedro’s strike in stoppage time hit the post, the rebound falling to Busquets who could only fire over. It was to be the last attack of the game, and despite all of Messi’s trickery, and Iniesta and Xavi’s dominance. Chelsea made them look human and prove that they can be tamed. Although one things for sure, at the Nou Camp we’ll see another level from Barcelona. Congratulations to Chelsea an all round great display.
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