Chelsea vs Barcelona-Champions League-review

Click here for the review of the game on October 31: FC Barcelona vs Chelsea review

This game was one of the most eagerly awaited ones on matchday 3 of the Champions League given the rivalry between these two outstanding teams and their managers– and at the end of it, it was Jose Mourinho who walked off with a smile on his face.

Chelsea played extremely well and thoroughly deserved their victory. They kept the midfield packed and rarely allowed the Catalans to get into the attacking third of the midfield. As soon as a Barcelona player got hold of the ball in the Chelsea half, several Blue shirts would hound him like wolves. As a result, Barcelona never got the space they needed to orchestrate their moves, and they got strangled. They never troubled Chelsea, despite having more possession. Boulahrouz marked Ronaldinho extremely well, and the Brazilian did not have much of an impact on the game. Hilario didn’t have too many saves to make, and the ones he had to didn’t trouble him too much at all, barring the Messi one.

Chelsea were swift on the counterattack, but were guilty of being offside once too many. Drogba’s goal was another excellent strike from the Ivorian, remniscient of the strike against the Reds in the Premiership not too long ago. Shevchenko had a couple of very glorious opportunities to end his drought, but he couldn’t convert them. Earlier in the game, Marquez put in a great last ditch tackle to deny the Ukranian, and later his shot was off target. Chelsea had many chances to double or even triple, but Valdez produced some brilliant saves to keep the margin at 1.

In the end, the better side did win. Kudos to the Blues on their win

Other Champions League results-

Bordeaux 0-1 Liverpool (Peter Crouch)

Galatarasay 1-2 PSV Eindhoven ( Ilic, Jan Kromkamp, Aruna Kone )

Inter Milan 2-1 Spartak Moscow( Julio Cruz*2, Pavluchenko)

Important win for Inter after having lost their first two games.

Olympiakos 0-1 Roma ( Perrotta)

Sporting 0-1 Bayern Munich ( Bastian Schweinsteiger)

Schweinsteiger got sent off too 😀

Valencia 2-0 Shakhtar ( David Villa Sanchez*2)

Werder Bremen 2-0 Levski Sofia ( Naldo, Diego)


1 Comment »

  1. Calvin said

    Wat a goal by Didi Drogba!! It is certainly comparable to the goal he scored against Liverpool.. Not only the skill involved and also the cruicial-ness of the goal. He has once again managed to create smth out of nothing. The other players’ contributions are also not to be neglected as Michael Essien, Boulahroudz and Makelele also put in credible performances. They were simply everywhere and their work rate was frightening. John Terry once again showed why he was chose as England’s captain with his passion and leadership. Lastly, Mourinho was also crucial to Chelsea’s success with his constant motivation and support aimed towards his players. The way he managed to rally his troops to victory is not to be overlooked. Once again, congrats to Chelsea! Hail Terry, Hail the Blues and Hail the Special One!

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