Messi finally scores against Chelsea (cartoon)

Paola Ditto
Febbraio 23, 2018

Conte has been forced to endure speculation about his future at Chelsea all season, and believes that the club's track record of sacking managers is to blame for the uncertainty.

The only tactical decision that I felt Conte had wrong was playing Hazard in the false nine roles.

The 21-year-old centre-back has forced his way into the team this season with a host of impressive displays. It prevented Barcelona from slipping to only its second loss in all competitions since August.

"We are ready to work very hard together defensively, but at the same time you continue to have the right feeling when you win the ball or when you are with the ball to create chances to score". It's really important. We tried to win here and now we must go to the Camp Nou. It was third time lucky in the 62nd for Willian, who drifts in and out of the team but was the outlet of Chelsea's most unsafe moments against the five-time European champions.

Eden Hazard is thinking no different.

Valverde said Barcelona managed to get an error out of Chelsea's defence which paved way for Lionel Messi to score his first goal against the Blues. "The pass to him was flawless, the control was ideal".

"In the end they got rid of him and the team actually got to the final". I might have touched 25 balls that night and 15 of them were flying toward my head.

Conte said Chelsea's impressive response to a tricky opening spell where Barca dominated possession was the reason he did not make changes until late in the game. 4-0, 5-0, 6-0. You must use intelligence.

Besiktas defender Domagoj Vida was given a straight red card for tripping Lewandowksi outside the penalty area in the 16th minute.

However, Hazard is determined to cause an upset in Barcelona's own backyard when the two sides meet again on March 14.

Conte's side took the lead through a Willian strike, but Barcelona capitalised on a mistake from Andreas Christensen to equalise and grab a precious away goal. Lewandowski was free after a mistake from Besiktas captain Atiba Hutchinson and Vida mistimed his challenge to bring him down. Fabri saved a long-range effort from Bayern centre-back Mats Hummels and arch poacher Robert Lewandowski scored from the rebound.

Willian did get on the scoresheet just after the hour mark.

Mueller broke the deadlock just before half-time when he scored his first from close range.

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