Lionel Messi: Barcelona star celebrates first ever goal against Chelsea

GK Marc Andre Ter Stegen

He is not the same as Costa or Drogba, with Morata lacking the intensity and nuisance value of the pair of them, but he knows how to lead the line and hold up the ball for the likes of Hazard, Pedro and Willian to run onto.

"Messi has the capacity to solve the situation and create a chance when you are not seeing the chance to score".

He said after the match, "It is such a shame really". I repeat, on paper, you start these two games with one favourite and this is Barcelona.

Mourinho has been heavily critical of Pogba's form with debate raging over what his role should be to maximise his potential.

Mundo Deportivo, for their part, have the Cules travelling to Brazil to finalize a deal with Gremio for midfielder Arthur, for which Barca are ready to invest €30 million. Messi has only three goals in six Champions League appearances this season. He rarely needs much invitation to strike from distance, but the space that opened up in front of him for both strikes implored him even more.

Barca had arrived in London after scoring only once, courtesy of an own-goal, on their previous five Champions League excursions and it was unusual, in particular, to see Luis Suárez looking so subdued in the first half. "A very sad day for me, for Barcelona, for all of us". Hazard popped up on the left, the right and through the middle, determined not to give Barca's back four a moment's peace.

Courtois 6, Azpilicueta 9, Christensen 8, Rudiger 7, Moses 6, Fabregas 6, Kante 7, Alonso 4, Willian 9, Pedro 6, Hazard 8.

"After the FA Cup game, it was a bit difficult to sleep well, because when you have to play this type of game, you have to prepare everything: the big things, and the details", said Conte, who has been under mounting pressure this season. "I try to do my job and try to reach their level, because they are the best in the world".

Lewandowski pulled the ball back for Coman to score early in the second half, and Mueller grabbed his second a quarter-hour later, prodding Joshua Kimmich's cross in from close range.

He's one of the best managers in the world with a great record.

Barcelona, meanwhile, currently sit pretty atop the La Liga table following a blistering campaign to this point, with Ernesto Valverde's men having also qualified for the Copa Del Rey final earlier this month courtesy of a 3-0 aggregate victory over Valencia. Each time the two teams have crossed each other's path in the knockout stages we've had controversial decisions, late goals and plenty of drama. The Brazilian could have scored a hat-trick here, and Chelsea will be kicking themselves that they wouldn't make more of the chances they created.


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