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Spanish newspaper Marca slams one player for horror display in Chelsea vs Barcelona
- Updated: February 21, 2018
SPANISH newspaper Marca have put the boot in on one player after Chelsea’s 1-1 draw with Barcelona.
The Blues have it all to do in the Champions League second leg after gifting Lionel Messi a late equaliser in an entertaining 1-1 draw at Stamford Bridge last night.
But while Marca were impressed with most of the Barca squad, midfielder Paulinho couldn’t escape their wrath.
The paper label the Brazilian as “the odd one out” and say he looked “out of sorts” at the Bridge.
A damning assessment of his performance read: “He couldn't keep up with play around him and looked lost when he moved further out wide.”
Chelsea looked as if they would take a lead to the Nou Camp thanks to Willian's strike.
But an error by defender Andreas Christensen was capitalised upon by Messi and cancelled out all Chelsea's good work.
Former Barcelona midfielder Cesc Fabregas said: 'We have to go there to attack and score because 90 minutes defending at the Nou Camp is an eternity, a suicide mission. We have to play our game. You have to have a lot of personality to play against this team who has 70 per cent of the ball.
'It is such a shame really. I thought we were very good, we executed the game plan really well, we were compact, solid, played as a team and created lots of chances.
'Willian could have had a hat-trick but we go home sad because a fantastic performance is not a fantastic result. It is still open though and we have showed that we can compete.'
Chelsea manager Antonio Conte said: 'We were very close to the perfect game. One mistake – and we know very well when you make a mistake against Barcelona and players like Messi, Suarez and Iniesta you pay. It is a pity.
'I'm very proud for my players. They followed what we prepared. We were a bit unlucky. The final result and qualification is open. It will be very difficult but our performance gives confidence to try and do something incredible.'
Barca midfielder Andres Iniesta, who set Messi up for his goal, said: 'We failed to finish off moves in the final third because they had a lot of people behind the ball.
'It will be a different game at home. Playing in front of our fans, we know the pitch better and it will be a different game.'