Barcelona followed Real Madrid’s path in the Champions League as just like Jose Mourinho’s boys, the Catalan also got beaten in their first leg meeting against Chelsea at Stamford Bridge.
It can be considered a bitter defeat for Pep Guardioal’s men as despite dominating and creating lots of chances, they still ends up losing 1-0 through Didier Drogba’s only goal.
Playing ahead of El Classico against Real Madrid in La Liga this weekend, Barcelona looked a bit restrain in the early minutes of the game, although they maintain their ball possession well and simply contain Chelsea. After around 10-15 minutes, Guardiola’s team try to up their game a bit by making several dashing runs inside the box, which nearly worked out well with the goal scoring chances missed by Alexis Sanchez and also Cesc Fabregas.
Barcelona were obviously rues those missed chances as Drogba made the Catalan paid when he finished off a fine counter attack, beating Victory Valdes after receiving Ramires’ cut back inside the penalty area. The goal came at the right moment as Barca didn’t have any time to do something immediately after it as the half time whistle was blown seconds after Drogba broke the deadlock, forcing Guardiola’s boys going into the break a goal down.
The Catalan boys pushing harder in the second half as they’re looking for the equalizer, which would also be a massive away goal that could make their job easier in the second leg. However, luck pretty much wasn’t on Barca’s hand as they once again missed several great goal scoring opportunities, which not only could level the game but also puts them on the lead.
Although the tie is far from over, Guardiola’s team must pay improve their finishing and also pay more attention on Chelsea’s counter attack, which although wasn’t much but pretty deadly considering the strength of Didier Drogba was just too much for Barca’s defenders. The defeat didn’t take away the favorite tag from the Catalan side though, as turning a tie around at their own stadium is not a rare occasion at all for Barcelona.