Willian confident of Champions League progress despite Messi magic

Ernesto Valverde

Boss Ernesto Valverde says that he feels "very positive" about Barcelona's 1-1 draw with Chelsea in the first leg of their Champions League last-16 tie in West London.

The Blues were heading towards a first-leg advantage following Willian's opener, only for La Liga leaders Barcelona to seize upon Andreas Christensen's loose pass and Lionel Messi to plunder his first career goal against Chelsea at the ninth attempt.

Nevertheless, Willian saw enough in Chelsea's performance at Stamford Bridge to suggest they can upset the odds in the second leg.

For Chelsea, the challenge is simple: all they have to do is produce their best performance in years in the Nou Camp on 14 March to beat Barcelona.

While the outcome of those matches will go a long way to deciding Chelsea's season, the Blues look back to normal.

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Against Barcelona, he was at his best again, hitting the woodwork twice in the first half before scoring after the interval.

Barcelona are such a formidable attacking force that their defensive workload is often light and that may lead to the complacency that enabled Willian to score.

At the same time I think this game must give us a lot of confidence to trust that in the second leg the qualification is open.

In the other, pre-quarterfinals played on the night, hosts Bayern Munich more or less booked their last eight spot with a crushing 5-0 win over Besiktas at the Allianz Arena in Munich.

"It will be very hard because it's not simple to play away against them but at the same time I think our performance must give us confidence". "One mistake and we know very well when you make a mistake against Barcelona then players like Messi, [Luis] Suarez, and [Andres] Iniesta will make you pay". "We had the game under control when they scored their goal". We are talking about a player who is only 21 years old here.

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"We failed to create clear-cut chances despite having domination of the game. We have to feel that we can hurt them".

When you play this type of game you must use your intelligence. "Our work is unique because we've always got our suitcase in our hands".

"Willian could have had a hat-trick - but we go home sad because a fantastic performance is not a fantastic result", Chelsea's former Barca midfielder Cesc Fabregas told BT Sport.

"I think we played a really good game and I must be pleased because my players made a great effort".

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