When Barcelona strung 30 passes together off the kick-off at Stamford Bridge I guess we all knew how this game was going to be played. Barcelona wanted the ball, Chelsea didn’t so as not to risk their defensive posture.
Oh sure, they hoped to have it for a few precious moments on the counter attack and in the end they found the one that got them a vital goal.
I know the hardcore are going to call this a historic win for Chelsea and I am in agreement with the result and the cavalier spirit, and dogged defending. However you get it done against Barcelona counts!
Don’t call this a soccer masterpiece though. Spare me that load of rubbish.
Didier Drogba scored the lone goal at Stamford Bridge to give the “Blues” the 1-0 win .
Now I am a bit adverse to people calling this the perfect performance from Chelsea. If that is perfect then lets re-define perfection.
For footballing skill and guile it was all Barcelona and if not for the “soccer gods” shining on Chelsea, Peter Cech in goal, and a moment of greatness on the counter attack this would have been remarkably different.
Barcelona dominated every facet of the game except for the end product and should have score 4 goals.
Chelsea had one shot on goal (4 shots total) and scored while Barcelona had 6 shots (24 total) on goal hitting the post twice.
Barcelona had 79% of the ball to 21% to Chelsea who in this case didn’t want the ball except on the counter attack. I jokingly said that Chelsea’s best form of attack would be to concede corners to Barcelona in order to pull them deeper up the field so they could hit them on the counter attack.
The beauty of Barcelona is that they remain steadfast to the way they play their game, never wavering with full self belief.
It still is amazing how much better their football is consistently than every other team and that includes giants like Chelsea, Manchester United, Real Madrid, etc. who are constantly resigned in almost every case to defend deep and counter.
Don’t get me wrong, Chelsea as any team that wins deserves credit, in this case a day of poor finishing is what sunk Barcelona. The perfect result for Chelsea ? Absolutely!
The perfect performance? I think that is going a bit too far.
This second leg is going to be a beauty!
Sandwiched in between their next encounter in Barcelona next Tuesday are important league games for both that could be draining. Chelsea plays Arsenal while Barcelona takes on Real Madrid in the Classico.
Another amazing day of futbol.