Messi had not found the net in eight previous matches against the Blues, but he punished Andreas Christensen's misdirected pass across his own box in the 75th minute to grab an away goal for Barca. We are talking about a player who is only 21 years old here.
"We have to go there and play the same game".
Fabregas, who enjoyed two spells at Camp Nou, played a key role in the Chelsea midfield which largely stifled a Barcelona side that was restricted to just two shots on target at Stamford Bridge. I am very proud for my players. By emerging from this game with a 1-1 draw, Chelsea can at least look forward to next month's return leg with hopes of progression to the quarterfinals, but they really need Morata to be fit and firing in time for that game.
"When you play against Barcelona, we know that if we want to play against them box to box then we are insane". The Italian's Premier League champions have struggled to impose themselves in domestic football this season but soaked up Barcelona pressure before Willian scored in the 62nd minute of their last-16 first leg tie.
Barcelona dominated possession in the early stages, but a lack of width, speed and guile meant that Chelsea, defensively disciplined, restricted them to few sights of goal.
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"It was a clash of styles, two different teams", Barca coach Ernesto Valverde said.
Barcelona couldn't have been overly shocked when Willian put Chelsea 1-0 up in their Champions League round of 16 game.
Christensen's risky ball across his own box was a gift for an old scourge of Chelsea in Iniesta, and Messi made no mistake by sweeping low past Thibaut Courtois for his 28th goal of the season.
Shortly before halftime Willian again proved elusive but this time the opposite post rescued Barca keeper Marc-Andre ter Stegen, who was a mere spectator for both attempts.
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Willian rattled Ter Stegen's other upright before the break as Chelsea broke from their shackles, although an absorbing first period, in which Barcelona's best chance was a wayward Paulinho header from a Messi cross, ended goalless.