Vital Football

Latest Chelsea FC News

Chelsea 1 Barcelona 1 - Views from the Bench

Chelsea 1 Barcelona 1 - Views from the Bench

Ahead of the game with Barcelona, many a pundit reckoned the Catalan side would be far too good for Chelsea.

But what we witnessed, over the ninety minutes was a Chelsea display that showed, on their day, they can live with the best.

The game is full of ifs and buts, but we can be proud of the effort and commitment shown by the side.

After the game, both managers spoke to the media.

Antonio Conte, had this to say about the performance his side gave him, with the Italian remarking,

'I think we were close to playing the perfect performance. We did one mistake but we know very well against these opponents and players like Messi, Iniesta and Suarez, if you make a mistake you pay.

'It is a pity and we are disappointed with the final result.

'I don't remember a great save from Thibaut Courtois and they only had a couple of chances with Paulinho in the first half and Suarez in the second.

'I think we played a really good game and I must be pleased because my players gave a great effort and they followed the plan we prepared.

'In Barcelona we must be prepared to suffer together but at the same time when we suffer we must continue to try and get the chances to score.'

If only those two shot that saw William hit the post had sneaked in.

As for the Barcelona boss, Ernesto Valverde, he had this to say,

'We gave too much space to Willian to shoot. The pass to him was perfect, the control was perfect.

'They might be happy with the result. They pressed us high and made it difficult for us but anything can change in the Nou Camp.

'The away goal isn't definitive but it is important.'

The second leg of this tie is in the balance and if Chelsea can produce a display like last night, we`ve nothing to fear.

Click here to join in the debate on the club forum.

Date:Wednesday February 21 2018
Time: 7:24AM


Beat them at camp nou and make my season.
21/02/2018 21:57:00
Page 1/1
  1. 1

Login to post a comment

Recent Chelsea Articles

There Will Be No Mass Exodus If……………………

One of our biggest fears with regard to this season is the possibility that Chelsea will finish outside of the top-four.

At Last, An International Call-Up for Chelsea`s Alonso

After some outstanding displays for Chelsea.

Courtois Commits to Chelsea

But is it long-term or more short-term?

Lewandowski Opts Not to Join Chelsea

As we suspected might be the case.

Chelsea Archived Articles

Vital Chelsea articles from

Site Journalists

Editor email
no email
Stan Wenners
no email
no email

Current Poll (see more polls)

Your Wish for this Season?
Suggested By: merlin
Win the FA Cup!21%
Qualify for the Champions League!75%
ScoopDragon Premier League Network Sites
The Vital Football Members League
Latest F1 News
Latest Vital Boxing News
Vital Football Comment

Recent Chelsea Results (view all)

Chelsea Fixtures

Vital Members League Table

1.Michael Reid72
9.Eric Clarkson17
Write for Vital Football