Published: Thu, March 15, 2018
Sports | By Spencer Underwood

Potential Chelsea Lineup Against Barcelona

Potential Chelsea Lineup Against Barcelona

Unlike the first leg at Stamford Bridge where the Catalan side could only create only a chance at goal, this time round Messi and co should create more meaningful scoring chances. Chelsea have to defend well and get goals tonight.

Chelsea felt they should have had a penalty in the second half when Marco Alonso was brought down in the box, only for the referee to wave away their appeals. The referee has a long think but eventually blows his whistle to award Chelsea a free-kick.

Timed at two minutes, eight seconds, that is Lionel Messi's quickest ever Champions League goal.

The 2012 season that saw manager Andre Villas-Boas sacked as late as March 4, following a poor run of league form and a 3-1 away loss to Napoli in the first leg of a Champions League round-of-16 tie, exemplifies it best.

81 - Messi's opener against Chelsea came with his right foot, but the vast majority of his 100 Champions League goals - 81 of them - have been with his stronger left.

However, while Willian shone in Conte's strikerless set-up, Eden Hazard was unable to exert the influence he desires on the biggest stage in an unfamiliar centre-forward role.

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"I hope my players also have the same excitement [as me]". "A lot of my players have never played at the Nou Camp and we want to try to do our best".

"The striker has to play better than he has done in recent weeks", Lampard told the Evening Standard. "It was unlucky on our side, but I think mostly it was our individual mistakes that cost us". And in this case, his words proved prescient as Chelsea claimed an improbable 2-2 draw with 10 men - and from 2-0 down on the night - to take their place in the final.

- Barcelona have only lost four of their 40 Champions League knockout games at home (W26 D10), with Liverpool the only English team to secure a victory there (2-1 in February 2007).

"In the first leg we played a really good game — nearly a ideal game — against a team I consider one of the best in the world", Conte said.

"We must play with concentration in every moment of the game. With the ball you must then have in your head and your heart the feeling you will have the chance to score". That's why for the first 15 minutes I was very close to him because I knew I had the space to compete with him.

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