... 2015-16 PSG and 2017-18 Barcelona). In style. Iniesta would be the shape shifter of side providing the balance between midfield and attack as he would often deep down to play diagonal balls out wide. Mourinho who had favoured the 4-2-3-1/4-3-3 hybrid in major parts of the season, reverted to a 4-4-1-1 with diamond in the centre. Much to everyone’s surprise, Mourinho was able to set up his side in the attacking tempo as Chelsea looked to pounce on every mistake and hit them on the counters in turnovers. By doing this Mourinho had the chance of maintaining the same score and wanted his side to pop up at any chance Barcelona provide them their way. The Italian crossed the ball out of play more than once, and just struggled to break down Alba without help. At the beginning the Belgian was seeing so much of the ball, sometimes too much as he dropped very deep to pick it up. A magical Lionel Messi brace booked Barcelona’s place in the Champions League quarter-finals as a clinical display from the Spanish giants saw them beat Chelsea at the Nou Camp. Ronnie Dog Media Comm. Needing to win the game 1-0 or by a margin of two goals, it was pretty open that Chelsea had to get on the score sheet to win the tie. Chelsea score thrice in quick succession. Christensen, after a mistake in the first leg, looked extremely nervous under the fierce atmosphere of the Camp Nou. Unfortunately the Frenchman does not have clinical finishing as he showed when he dragged a great chance wide. He brought in the super sub Maxi Lopez who had scored in the previous leg at the Camp Nou minutes after coming on from the bench. Yesterday evening was arguably one of Azpilicueta’s worst performances in a Chelsea shirt. The Brazilian showed he is more than capable of making a game his own, it was just a shame he was unable to score or set up a goal. The pass was directly fed to Kezman by Carvalho who laid it off to Lampard and the no.8 responded by finding Duff with oceans of space ahead of him. Created with Sketch. Claude Makelele played at the heart of the midfield while Joe Cole and Damien Duff played on either side of the half spaces. The image below shows Chelsea’s diamond in their right as Barca looked to carry the ball through the flanks. Not only that, sloppiness with the ball, something you least expect from Fabregas was clear tonight, and it led to Barcelona’s second goal of the evening. There were 880 cards in 204 matches in the 2017/2018 season. Lampard, being the key going forward, completed the diamond in the centre. He wasn’t helped by the rest of the defence at times, but it just wasn’t a good night for the centre back. The second goal was a brilliant individual goal from the same man as Barca went 4-4 in aggregate. The defender was so tightly marking that Ronaldinho had to step into the midfield to collect a pass and play a diagonal ball. His intentions in these movements were to find Deco or Iniesta who would’ve drifted into the centre. Chelsea were in control until Drogba’s controversial red card and after that instance Barca grew into the game. The opening few minutes of the game saw Barcelona dominate most of the possession in the first and second third with no real threat in the Chelsea defensive area. The Brazilian tried a few swings and dummies just before sending the ball in the goal guarded by Petr Cech who was blinded by the defenders. He showed signs of his age starting to get to him, being slow on the ball and constantly getting caught out of position. One of the key factors for the successfully seeing out the Barcelona attack was the compact 4-1-4-1 structure and this can be seen in the image below. Barcelona brushed aside Chelsea at the Nou Camp, here are the player ratings. These movements were done as Chelsea positioned themselves in a 4-1-4-1 position with Gudjohnsen joining Lampard in the centre. As he has been so frequently in recent weeks, Willian was Chelsea’s best player on the pitch. Carvalho won the individual battle in most instances through pressing. However, going forward Alonso is incredible, and he played a prominent role in almost every Chelsea attack yesterday. Just before the 20 minutes mark, Chelsea were 3-0 up thanks to some sensational counter-attacking moves. Zappacosta replaced Moses who was struggling with his end product, but Zappacosta offered nothing better. Xavi and Gerard Lopez looked to float in to the left flank as well. This was because Barcelona often looked to create numerical advantage in that flank with Ronaldinho dropping back and Eto’o joining in from the centre. Returning to his country and city of birth, as well as facing the team he has played for, Fabregas put in a horrific performance. The German was unfortunate not to score with a great leap near the end which ricocheted off the bar, but his defensive contribution wasn’t quite as good, as he was part of a defence that conceded three. Here are the player ratings from the game. The video below shows how Lampard was able to construct the counter attack. The video below explains the above instance where Lampard constructed the brilliant team play. Barcelona (4-3-3) | Manager: Frank Rijkaard, 1.Victor Valdes – 2.Juliano Belletti, 5.Carles Puyol, 23.Oleguer, 12.Giovanni van Bronckhorst – 6.Xavi, 14.Gerard Lopez, 20.Deco – 24.Andres Iniesta, 10.Ronaldinho, 9.Samuel Eto’o. However, his end product was woeful, and continued to be all night. On the other hand, both Cole and Duff were given with the duties of marking van Bronckhorst and Belletti while Lampard had been asked to see out Deco. In most instances, Gudjohnsen was often seen dropping deep into the midfield while Kezman stayed upfront. By Oliver Yew . The 3-2 score line meant that Barcelona now had the advantage of away goals and Chelsea had to start right from the scratch to go to the next stage. Once again Chelsea targeting the right flank and this time Cole wins the 1v1 against Bronckhorst as he cuts inside the centre from the right. Duff moved in centrally from the wings once the transition started and he was able to capitalize in the 1v1 against Valdes to score Chelsea’s third. From the above image we can understand the movements of Ronaldinho and Carvalho’s marking. Instead of wanting for score another goal Mourinho wanted to improve the defensive strategy and stop Barcelona from scoring another goal. Ronaldinho positioned himself in the centre received the pass from the left as he is blocked by three Chelsea players and no one ahead of him. They faced the table toppers from Group H, Chelsea, who had been doing wonders under new manager Jose Mourinho. This created a situational 4-5-1 for Chelsea who looked to pounce on the counters. In most occasions, individual defensive duties was often seen as Carvalho was often asked to track back Ronaldinho and he would even mark him just about when the Brazilian is to receive a pass. However Mourinho’s risk in deploying Carvalho to follow the Brazilian deep into the midfield worked wonders here. These movements are shown in the video below. As most of the attack from Barcelona was stifled by Chelsea’s astute defensive movements, Chelsea were easily able to win the ball back and hit them in counters. Also the video below shows the second goal scored by Chelsea. As Barcelona had needed just one more goal to qualify, Rijkaard rang in changes offensively in the final minutes. A fantastic run at the Chelsea defence ended with a pass to Ousmane Dembele who rifled a shot into the top left corner to make it 2-0 after 20 minutes. With Samuel Eto’o missing out on a very easy chance to put Barcelona level on terms for the night, Chelsea won a corner on the other end. Once again Barcelona failed to cover the space due to the bodies that were committed forward. The victory pushed Mourinho towards another step of winning the trophy again which he had won previously with Porto the year before. Morata would be extremely disappointed to have been left on the bench for such a big game, but he had no complaints. However he couldn’t replicate the same against Mourinho and his men as Barcelona were sent out of the tournament thanks to a Mourinho master class. But, he would have no impact on the match, with the score being all but settled already before his arrival. Total Match Cards for FC Barcelona and Chelsea FC. In the 19th minute, Eto’o lost the ball in the second third thanks to brilliant pressing by his marker in opponent colours. Much happened in the next leg however, as Chelsea invited the Spanish Giants to the Stamford Bridge. Messi opened the scoring in just three minutes with a finish that went through Thibaut Courtois’ legs from a tight angle, and it was the Argentinian who set up the second too. Then, the game just petered out, with Hazard having very little involvement with any created chances. Given the nod over Morata and Hazard through the middle, Giroud had a great chance to nail down his spot in the Chelsea team for now, but it was a poor performance from the Frenchman. Although he did make a couple of very good saves on the night, his mistake for Messi’s opener was inexcusable for a goalkeeper. And finally, his night was rounded off by a second Messi nutmeg. 1.Petr Cech – 20.Paulo Ferreira, 6.Ricardo Carvalho, 26.John Terry, 13.William Gallas – 4.Claude Makelele, 8.Frank Lampard, 10.Joe Cole, 11.Damien Duff – 22.Eidur Gudjohnsen, 9.Mateja Kezman. who would go on to produce history against AC Milan in Istanbul. Chelsea vs. Barcelona live: Champions League 2017/2018 - AS.com. For Barcelona, Rijkaard started Victor Valdes in between the sticks as Belletti, Puyol, Oleguer and van Bronckhorst played ahead of him in defence. Co-Founder and Manager here. An ardent Manchester City fan. As Chelsea got the 1-0 cushion, Mourinho immediately made the change by bringing in Tiago and it was understandable as he wanted to the remove the striker for the midfielder to provide more support going backwards. A magical Lionel Messi brace booked Barcelona’s place in the Champions League quarter-finals as a clinical display from the Spanish giants saw them beat Chelsea at the Nou Camp. Just as Chelsea looked to obliterate Barcelona out from the tournament, the Spanish side scored two goals in no time. Although Giroud wasn’t the best, Morata’s cameo was not much better. V. // Emiel Hertecantlaan 19a 9290 Berlare - Belgium // BTW (VAT) BE 0693988181. Barcelona 3-0 Chelsea (4-1 agg): Lionel Messi scores 100th Champions League goal as hosts progress. While Barca had the ball, Chelsea pressed them setting out in a 4-4-2, with both the forwards occupying the centre backs, Puyol and Oleguer. Alonso’s defensive capabilities are very questionable at times, and it is the reason why some Chelsea fans are requesting a new left-back be brought in this summer. Barcelona 4-3-3 vs Chelsea 4-1-4-1. Barcelona used the numerical advantage to good terms as they came back from behind. The Blues were the better side throughout most of the second half and were unfortunate not to score, but another goal from Messi put the tie to bed just over an hour into the second leg. League AVG is Europe UEFA Champions League's average. Chelsea were very quick and fast in transitions when compared to Barcelona who left oceans of space as they looked to play in their possession based play. While Barcelona finished second in the group stages to AC Milan, one would’ve expected them to face a tough team. Both Duff and Cole played wide in the midfield as Lampard and Gudjohnsen played on either side of Makelele. Lampard was the key going forward as he found spaces in which the wide players were able to move into centrally. This whole season the centre-back has been playing with almost no fear, but tonight he was far from his usual standard and made many mistakes.
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