Barcelona 0 – 0 Chelsea Game Highlights

April 28, 2009 | Filed Under: Euro Box, UK Box Update 
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barca-0-chelsea-0 Chelsea hold out for a gritty 0-0 draw at Barcelona in their Champions League semi-final first leg. Primera Liga giants have been in awesome form this season, especially at home, but were unable to find a way past their resolute English opponents.The English club is the first to hold Barcelona scoreless since the Spanish league leaders lost to Numancia 1-0 on the opening day of the season.Barca were limited to long-range efforts in a first half which saw Didier Drogba squander a fine chance when one-on-one with Victor Valdes.

Petr Cech  was son top form all game and denied Dani Alves, Samuel Eto’o Alexander Hleb after the break and sub Bojan headed over when Alves found him free four yards out

Barca will still fancy their chances as attentions now turn to Stamford Bridge, with an away goal by no means outside of their capabilities, but Chelsea will be  very happy to be heading home on level terms and a big chance to get to another final in a row.

 

WHAT ARE THEY SAYING
Kevin McCarra
, the Guardian: “The resilience of Chelsea was formidable and it has preserved their hopes of a return to the Champions League final. A minor yet telling honour has been collected since they are the first visitors to keep a clean sheet at Camp Nou this season. Chelsea survived one vigorous penalty appeal and saw the substitute Bojan Krkic head over in stoppage time. After that, Petr Cech still had to block at the feet of another substitute, Alexander Hleb. This was, all the same, a highly practical exercise by the visitors, with no compunction shown about taking off Frank Lampard when the need was for fresh energy.”

Matt Lawton, Daily Mail: “This, presumably, was the game Guus Hiddink imagined when he prepared for this Champions League encounter in the darkest recesses of his tactical mind. And this, presumably, was what he meant when he said reality can sometimes be cruel. Cruel, at least, to the team who tried to put on a perfect demonstration of their beautiful football at the Nou Camp last night. Hiddink went against his natural attacking instincts as well as his pre-match promises and instead met artistry with attrition, deploying a five-man midfield against the high-scoring Catalans and suffocating them in the process. Lionel Messi showed flashes of genius but never really got the chance to shine, and the same went for Andres Iniesta.”

Barcelona coach Pep Guardiola hit out at Chelsea’s tactics after the 0-0 draw in the first leg of the Champions League semi-final last night.

And the former midfielder believes the Blues should have been punished for their negativity at the Nou Camp.

He said: “The referee should see which team is attacking and which team is interrupting the play. We play clean. It’s not normal; it’s not fair.”

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