Ok the headline is tongue in cheek but after tension like that perhaps a bit of lightheartedness is called for. The graphics below are not intended to explain how Chelsea got the result they needed but are simply some things that stood out for me.
First of all here is one of the more basic statistics. Attempts on goal.
Lots more attempts from Barcelona but just as in the first leg Chelsea did an outstanding job of blocking many of them.
Apart from Drogba’s foul on Fabregas that led to the penalty kick that Messi missed and Terry’s idiotic action on Sanchez the discipline shown by Chelsea was remarkable. Only 10 fouls conceded and 80% of them in non threatening areas. When you consider the pressure from Barcelona it is a phenomenal statistic.
Drogba was magnificent in both games and when he was not dropping back to defend he was offering the Chelsea defense an option and outlet. The graphic shows the positions he took up for passes in the two legs.
Guardiola has spoken about Barcelona’s need to have to ball. But the converse is not true necessarily. Just because they have the ball it doesn’t mean that the opposition has no hope. Three consecutive defeats and all with a massive possession advantage for Barcelona but no cutting edge.
Barcelona look to Iniesta and Xavi to open up defenses but this illustrates how few of their passes actually got behind the deep lying Chelsea back four (or eight).
On a night when Messi had an absolute stinker it is no consolation for Barcelona fans to know that he won every one of his four tackles.
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