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Barcelona vs Chelsea: 5 things to watch out for in the second leg UCL round of 16 clash

Swagat Das
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12.53K   //    14 Mar 2018, 05:30 IST

Chelsea FC v FC Barcelona - UEFA Champions League Round of 16: First Leg
Barca players celebrating
during
the first leg at Stamford Bridge.

After an intense 90 minutes of play during the first leg at Stamford Bridge, Chelsea managed to hold favourites Barcelona to a 1-1 draw.

Chelsea played with urgency and purpose to draw with FC Barcelona who were the hot favorites to win in the first leg. Chelsea's manager Antonio Conte produced a tactical masterclass to contain the lethal Barcelona attack.

With the second leg set to start in less than 24 hours, here are things to watch out for in this highly anticipated tie.


#5 Willian in top form

Chelsea v Crystal Palace - Premier League
Willian has been on fire this season

The Brazilian playmaker has a very peculiar trait, he becomes the most important player of the Chelsea team anytime they under-perform in a season. This happened in the 2015-16 season, when he became the team's standout performer under Jose Mourinho, and he certainly is doing more of the same this season under Antonio Conte.

Willian has been in top form this season and has produced quite a number of stellar performances lately. He has scored 13 goals and provided 7 assists, with five goals coming in his last 5 matches.

He displayed his all-round capabilities by scoring the opening goal against Barcelona in the first leg. His pace and dribbling skills are quite underrated because he is often overshadowed by his superstar team-mate Eden Hazard.

It would be a joy to watch him against Barcelona in the 2nd leg. Hopefully he will score a few more.

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