Antonio Conte said last night that his team had been "close to perfect" against Barcelona at Stamford Bridge.
"We made one mistake and we paid dearly for it," he added, referring to Andreas Christensen's errant square pass across the penalty area that led to Lionel Messi's equalizer.
That Barcelona equalized was merely the umpteenth reminder that in a low-scoring sport, mistakes in certain areas can be punished, but there's rarely a single factor to it. Christensen bears the brunt of the responsibility,...
Heading in to Stamford Bridge prior to Chelsea's Champions League tie with Barcelona, Blues supporters had been in an expectant, although somewhat edgy, mood.
Prematch tension -- brought on by thoughts of Antonio Conte's side crumbling calamitously like they had last month against Bournemouth and Watford if Barca went in front -- hadn't been eased by the team news.
Even though Conte had experienced strikers Alvaro Morata and Olivier Giroud available, the Italian opted to deploy Eden Hazard as a...
LONDON -- Willian warned that it is only a matter of time before he gets the hat trick he has been threatening to score in recent matches as Chelsea prepare to take on Manchester United at Old Trafford on Sunday.
The Brazilian was the outstanding player as Chelsea battled Barcelona to a 1-1 draw in the first leg of their Champions League round of 16 tie at Stamford Bridge on Tuesday, hitting the post twice with long-range strikes before finding the bottom corner to give his side the lead on 62 minutes.