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Champions League 17/18: Chelsea 1-1 Barcelona - Player Ratings

Harsh Biyani
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16.42K   //    21 Feb 2018, 04:25 IST

Chelsea FC v FC Barcelona - UEFA Champions League Round of 16: First Leg
All to play for in the 2nd leg

Barcelona proved once again that a single mistake by the opposition is enough for the Spanish giants to punish them. The Blaugrana's dominated the entire the game but failed to find the back of the net with Chelsea defending brilliantly at the back until that 1 mistake from Christensen which proved costly for the hosts.

Willian struck either side of the post twice in the 1st-half before finally managing to score just after the hours' mark. Barcelona started to become desperate with each passing minute. The Blues who were so good at the back made 1 mistake and Messi punished them, thus managed to open his account at the Stamford Bridge.

Also read: 5 reasons why Lionel Messi is bigger than the Ballon d'Or

Here are the player ratings from the game.


Barcelona

Chelsea FC v FC Barcelona - UEFA Champions League Round of 16: First Leg
Messi finally scores against Chelsea

Ter Stegen - 5/10

Ter Stegen would be one happy man tonight. He was beaten on all 3 occasions by Willian but would consider himself lucky that just one of them ended at the back of his net.

Sergi Roberto - 6/10

It was clear that he was not comfortable playing as a full-back. He struggled against an energetic Hazard.

Gerard Pique - 7/10

A decent game for Pique, however, Hazard and Willian made his life difficult when on the move with the ball.

Samuel Umtiti - 6/10

Umititi has had better games before. He was strong but struggled to deal with Chelsea's attack at times.

Jordi Alba - 7/10

Used his pace down the flank and to get out of trouble, however, couldn't connect with Messi as often as he did previously.

Sergio Busquets - 7/10

Physically, a strong display from the player. He was splendid in the midfield but failed to close down Willian in time for the goal.

Ivan Rakitic - 6/10

He could have had a better game. had some sloppy moments at times and was slow with the ball on certain occasions.

Paulinho - 6/10

The former Spurs player had the best chance to score but missed it. He looked lost and couldn't keep up with the players around him.

Andres Iniesta - 8/10

Dominated the possession but failed to break down a formidable Chelsea defence. He was the 1st to react from Chelsea's mistake and set up Messi for the goal.

Lionel Messi - 8/10

There is no denying the fact that Messi was always on the move and found spaces with the ball. He finally managed to break his duck against Chelsea.

Luis Suarez - 6/10

A frustrating night for the Uruguayan. He lacked the quality when in Chelsea's box. Was quiet for the most part of the 1st half.

Substitutes

André Gomes - N/A

Gomes came on at the extra time of the 2nd half.

Aleix Vidal - 5/10

Coming on the pitch with a just a little under 30 minutes to go, Vidal barely featured in the game.

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