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Disjointed, vulnerable and slow: Barça exposed by Chelsea’s tactical rigour | Jonathan Wilson

Chelsea stifled Barcelona’s key players, proving that the Spanish side should not be so feared as they once wereThe first leg, you suspect, went just as Antonio Conte would have wanted it to go – apart from the bit about not playing a square ball acros…

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Antonio Conte bemoans defensive mistake as Messi pounces for Barça – video

Chelsea manager Antonio Conte was left frustrated after a defensive error allowed Lionel Messi to equalise and provide Barcelona with a crucial away goal in the Champions League last-16 first leg on Tuesday night• Messi strikes to give Barça&…

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Lionel Messi breaks the shackles and his non-existent Chelsea hoodoo | Barney Ronay

The little genius changed the gravity of this tie with a piece of classic unforgiving skill to score his first goal against Chelsea, but until then the hosts had been a match for BarcelonaWith 11 minutes gone at Stamford Bridge Lionel Messi did his fir…

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Chelsea 1-1 Barcelona: player ratings from Stamford Bridge

Willian caught the eye for Chelsea while Umtiti and Paulinho were weak links for BarcelonaThibaut Courtois Occasionally panicked with his distribution, but strong at crosses and helpless for Messi’s equaliser 6 Continue reading…

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Chelsea’s Antonio Conte: we were close to the perfect game against Barcelona

• Italian believes side can still achieve ‘something incredible’• Conte admits Chelsea ‘paid dearly’ for Christensen’s mistakeAntonio Conte believes Chelsea can still achieve “something incredible” at the Camp Nou after emerging disappointed only to dr…

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Lionel Messi breaks his duck against Chelsea to earn draw for Barcelona

In the end, it turned out to be a harsh reminder for Chelsea about the realities of the Champions League. They had taken the lead, playing with discipline and ambition and it was shaping up to be one of those occasions when, frankly, it felt ludicrous …

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Chelsea v Barcelona: Champions League – live!

Updates from the first leg of the last-16 tie at Stamford BridgeLive scores: the goals from the games in the UK and EuropeSend your thoughts to Scott.Murray@theguardian.com 4.29pm GMT Chelsea versus Barcelona is a thoroughly modern rivalry. These two s…

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Antonio Conte says Barcelona are more than just Lionel Messi – video

Chelsea manager Antonio Conte says his team will have more to worry about than just keeping Lionel Messi quiet during their last-16 tie with Barcelona on Tuesday. Chelsea beat Barcelona in the semi-finals on their way to Champions League triumph in 201…

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Bridging the gap: four things Chelsea can do to beat Barcelona

Containing Jordi Alba, getting physical, parking the bus or going for broke: what can Antonio Conte’s men do to give themselves a sporting chance against the La Liga leaders?“As an opponent I suffered the Alba-Messi society often; let someone else suff…

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Football transfer rumours: Arsenal’s Héctor Bellerín to Real Madrid?

This morning’s fluff is skating on thin iceFed up with watching Barcelona waltz off into the distance in La Liga, the Real Madrid president, Florentino Pérez, has decided to dig out his transfer war chest and take the fight to their bitter rivals off t…

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Eden Hazard ready to take on Messi and says Chelsea can beat Barcelona

• Chelsea’s Belgian about to face Messi for first time at club level• We have to play a perfect game against Barça to win, adds ConteChelsea renew their Champions League rivalry against Barcelona with Eden Hazard eager to prove his pedigree at this eli…

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Chelsea’s Pedro sees reasons for hope against old club Barcelona

Barcelona are favourites in the last-16 tie but Pedro says Chelsea’s win in 2012 can serve as a springboard for successThis is a fixture to bring memories of frenzied previous meetings flooding back. Even 13 years on it is easy to recall Ronaldinho’s s…

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Barcelona’s Ernesto Valverde admits to worries about facing Chelsea

• Head coach impressed with English clubs in Europe this season• ‘Antonio Conte is one of the best managers in the world’Barcelona wanted to avoid facing Chelsea in the Champions League last 16, according to their manager, Ernesto Valverde, who is wary…

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Antonio Conte says chelsea need ‘perfect’ game’ to beat Barcelona

• Manager seeks to exploit ‘weaknesses without the ball’ • Cesc Fàbregas to forget old friendships on pitchAntonio Conte insists Barcelona are not infallible and that it would be dangerous for his rejuvenated team to focus solely on stopping Lionel Mes…

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Valverde’s Barcelona balancing act turns crisis talk to treble talk

The coach used Neymar’s exit as a chance to reboot the faltering giants as Chelsea may find out on TuesdaySometimes football really is life. On Tuesday Barcelona face Chelsea in the Champions League at Stamford Bridge where in 2009 Andrés Iniesta score…

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Time for Eden Hazard to show he can produce his best on the big occasion | Jacob Steinberg

Chelsea’s hopes of upsetting Barcelona rest on Belgian but he may wonder if his best chance of achieving greatness is to moveThis week a clip emerged of three Barcelona players being confronted by a metal railing, with each of them choosing to deal wit…

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Thomas Vermaelen: ‘People think being a Barcelona defender is easy’ | Sid Lowe

The Belgian has overcome an injury nightmare to shine at Barça. Before facing Chelsea he discusses why his role is harder than it looks, how Messi makes him laugh and his sadness at Arsenal’s strugglesNo one was happier to find out the lineup than Raff…

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Champions League: fans from around Europe preview the last-16 stage

Spurs dread in-form Juventus, Porto plan to cause an upset at Anfield and Neymar will show Spain what it is missingJuventus If we play as solidly as we have done in the last few months, we will be tough to beat. After a slow start to the season we have…

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Understated Eibar continue to show size doesn’t always matter | Sid Lowe

Only Barcelona and Atlético can match Eibar’s results over the last three months as another unlikely run at Europe continuesIván Ramis took off his shirt and put his hat on, a flat red porkpie perched on his head as he stood in the corner of Butarque w…

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Champions League last 16: tie-by-tie analysis | Marcus Christenson

From Juventus and Spurs’ intriguing battle to Chelsea’s forbidding meeting with Barcelona and a likely stroll for Bayern, we look over all eight last-16 matchupsTuesday, St Jakob-Park and Wednesday 7 March, Etihad Continue reading…