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Deco: Chelsea must stand with Conte if Barcelona win

23 Février 2018

In the entire 63-year history of the European Cup and Champions League, after all, only six sides have qualified from a tie after losing the first leg at home. In fact, the Blues were unfortunate not to take the lead, as Brazilian playmaker Willian hit both posts in the 34 and 41 minute of the game.

It was a real shame for the home side, who were defensively solid up until that point, and now Christensen has addressed his error.

"Of course, we can go there and do a great job again". It is great he can play this game with this maturity. "We are talking about 1-1 and maybe we deserved more". The Argentinian will be relieved to have finally broken his near nine-game duck against the Blues.

Chelsea are now unbeaten in their last eight Champions League games with Barcelona.

The Argentine's strike cancelled out Willian's opener and secured a 1-1 draw for Barcelona, who head into the second leg as large favourites. "I think we still need to improve".

As expected, Barca dominated possession but Antonio Conte's Chelsea side was unfortunate not to end with a victory after Willian was twice denied by the woodwork before half-time.

Deco: Chelsea must stand with Conte if Barcelona win
Deco: Chelsea must stand with Conte if Barcelona win

And although he is averaging more than a goal a game against German opposition - 16 goals in 14 appearances - that figure is boosted by his five-goal haul against Bayer Leverkusen in the second leg of the Champions League round-of-16 tie on March 7, 2012.

Chelsea coach Antonio Conte said his side played nearly the ideal game against Champions League favourites Barcelona on Tuesday (February 20), but he was still disappointed with the 1-1 home leg result. "Against this opponent, this type of player like Messi, Iniesta, [Luis] Suarez ... if you make a mistake, you pay", Antonio Conte said after the match.

"It is a pity. I think we can stay at this level and we have to play in a similar way". "They will be forced to score and we will have more space".

"It is very hard to mention one player but I think Christensen played a top game and I was very pleased with his performance". Our plan was really good.

Even after the half ended with Chelsea leading in shot attempts; seven to Barcelona's three, two posts drilled by Willian, and generally having much more unsafe opportunities, some people appeared dismayed by his unwillingness to play directly at Barcelona at Stamford Bridge.

Deco: Chelsea must stand with Conte if Barcelona win