Rakitic: Chelsea lucky pick a point because we dominated them in London

Valverde said Barcelona managed to get an error out of Chelsea's defence which paved way for Lionel Messi to score his first goal against the Blues.

On Chelsea's display, the former Manchester United midfielder said: "I was disappointed with their performance last night, Chelsea weren't adventurous enough".

"Some say he's a victim of the structure of the team because Pedro has been impressive and it's a given that Eden Hazard will play pretty much every game. We are talking about 1-1 and maybe we deserved more".

Conte felt Chelsea were close to the flawless game against Barca, and Azpilicueta is hoping for a greater deal of fortune in the return at Camp Nou in three weeks.

Barcelona's talisman Messi had fired blanks on eight previous occasions against Chelsea, most notably in a shock semifinal defeat six years ago, and he rarely had a glimpse of goal on his ninth meeting with the Londoners. They pressed us very high and made life hard for us.

Lampard claims that Messi is not on the same wave length as any other player, while Ferdinand thinks the game slows down for him. You've got a chance at home - that's when you win against Barcelona, you don't often win at the Nou Camp.

The ball fell to Iniesta, who passed to Messi who made no mistake to score his first goal against the Blues in nine games.

Chelsea entered the clash unbeaten in their previous seven Champions League tussles with Barcelona and twice came within inches of opening the scoring during a predominantly chess-like first-half.

'I think we played a really good game and I must be pleased because my players gave a great effort and they followed the plan we prepared.

"They had a few chances, one of the best teams in the world, but we were compact and solid".

"You must go there to attack and create, we have to feel we can hurt them". It's entirely possible, if not probable, that two intelligent fans or pundits can watch the same match and come away with two different opinions of it, or player performances. "Now they are obliged to go looking for a goal at the Nou Camp and we'll have more space". We have to go there and play the same game. For Chelsea, it is important that Hazard turns up big time.

  • Julie Sanders