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Champions League: Messi breaks jinx as Barcelona hold Chelsea

21 February 2018

Lionel Messi, who had not scored against Chelsea in eight previous appearances, finally got his goal. Following the absence of Philippe Coutinho, who will miss the clash, having played for Liverpool in the UCL group stages earlier this season, the onus will be on the veteran playmaker to provide the creative spark alongside Ivan Rakitic.

Speaking to Goal.com, he said: "We all want to live it from inside".

"Our three strikers played very well and a fantastic game".

The Brazilian star was the driving force for Chelsea throughout the game, hitting either post with two first-half strikes. The effort of the players was great, we are talking about 1-1 and maybe we deserved more.

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Was barely called into action but caught well and one shanked clearance apart, the Belgian took no chances with the ball at his feet.

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"When you play against Barcelona, we know that if we want to play against them box to box then we are insane".

Messi looks to score his first goal against Chelsea, and break a goal drought that has lasted five games. Not only 1-0 or 2-0 but like what happens in Spain, 4-0, 5-0 or 6-0. You must use intelligence. The departure of Neymar caused lots of shifting, most notably changing to two attacking players up top, and more playing time for Jordi Alba.

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Ernesto Valverde's men had control of the game in the first half but it was Chelsea that looked the more unsafe side. In 2009 when Barcelona qualified for the UEFA Champions League final, Messi had never scored against an English team.

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"[The game] it's still open, but we know we have to play a very excellent same again to compete". They had one chance in the first half with Paulinho and in the second half with Suarez. Our plan was really good. We followed the gameplan.

Fortunately, watching the big Chelsea vs Barcelona Champions League match couldn't be easier - provided you've got the right TV package, that is. We must be prepared to suffer together.

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Chelsea will travel to the Camp Nou for next month's return fixture confident that they can score against the La Liga leaders because Ernesto Valverde's men gave the home side numerous chances to beat goalkeeper Marc-Andre ter Stegen during this game.

Champions League: Messi breaks jinx as Barcelona hold Chelsea