Chelsea failed to take advantage in the first leg of UEFA Champions League knock out stages battle this midweek as Antonio Conte’s men were held into a 1-1 draw by Barcelona at Stamford Bridge.
Both sides were certainly determined in getting a victory in that first match up, though they played different approach as The Blues were keen on a more direct approach, while Barca putting on their usual possession football display.
It was quite an even contest overall, since the first 45 minutes in which both teams failed to score any goals as that half ended in a disappointing goalless draw.
Things got warm up after the break, especially after Chelsea finally got things going with the opening goal scored by their Brazilian star, Willian on 62 minutes.
However, that lead didn’t last until the final whistle as Barca were able to draw level thanks to their Argentinian maestro, Lionel Messi, who finally ended his goalless run against The Blues.
No more goals were scored in the remaining minutes of that tie as they have to settle for that 1-1 score line and gear up for the second meeting at Camp Nou.
Meanwhile, in other tie, Bayern Munich showcasing their quality as one of the tournament’s favorite as they demolished Turkish champions, Besiktas 5-0.
Playing in front of their home crowd, the Bundesliga giant got themselves one goal up during the first 45 minutes through Thomas Muller’s effort just two minutes before half time break.
The Bavarian stepped on the gas in the second half as they added four more goals through Kingsley Coman, Muller’s second and Robert Lewandowski’s double.
Certainly a dominant performance that will benefit Bayern in the second leg, but one also can’t forget that the early red card earned by Besiktas somewhat affected that result as well.