Join Now | 
HomeAboutContact UsPrivacy & SecurityAdvertise
Soccer America DailySoccer World DailySpecial EditionAround The NetSoccer Business InsiderCollege Soccer ReporterYouth Soccer ReporterSoccer on TVSoccer America Classifieds
Paul Gardner: SoccerTalkSoccer America ConfidentialYouth Soccer InsiderWorld Cup Watch
RSS FeedsArchivesManage SubscriptionsSubscribe
Order Current IssueSubscribeManage My SubscriptionRenew My SubscriptionGift Subscription
My AccountJoin Now
Tournament CalendarCamps & AcademiesSoccer GlossaryClassifieds
Chelsea shuts down Messi again
April 19th, 2012 1AM

MOST READ
TAGS:  uefa champions league, video

MOST COMMENTED

[VIDEO PICK] Didier Drogba's goal two minutes into first-half stoppage time was the difference as Chelsea edged Barcelona in the first leg of their UEFA Champions League series. The goal came shortly after Lionel Messi was hurt. On the play leading to the goal, Messi was stripped of the goal, setting off a Chelsea counterattack that ended with Drogba's goal. Alexis Sanchez and Pedro both hit the woodwork for Barcelona.

Trivia. Messi has yet to score in seven games against Chelsea.

Chelsea Reaction. "I am very pleased with this result but it is only halftime. Nothing has been decided yet and we need to play another game like this one if we are going to get through. You know what to expect when you play in the Nou Camp. It is going to be very difficult and we still have to believe we might get a goal out there." -- Coach Roberto di Matteo.

Barcelona Reaction.  "I would say the favorites are now Chelsea because winning 1-0 at home is a very good result for them." -- Coach Pep Guardiola.

The second leg. Tuesday April 24 in Barcelona.

(Click here for Chelsea-Barcelona highlights.)



3 comments
  1. Gak Foodsource
    commented on: April 19, 2012 at 9:14 p.m.
    Disappointing stuff from the Italian, Di Matteo. Sad to see Drogba diving about, or Ivanovic hurling long throw-ins into the box.

  1. Roose Crandel
    commented on: April 19, 2012 at 10:54 p.m.
    You know, Drogba diving is no different than Barca hacking at any Chalsea player anytime they had the look of a breakaway. And just how the hell is a long throw dishonorable. The Spanish side is physically and mentally weak, and it showed. We're they good for a goal?? Probably. But you can't settle from so many attempts from outside the box against Peter Cech...Pep knows that. And Barca lacked the grit and the guile to manufacture a goal. You saw the difference between intelligent defending and Spanish defending on Drogba's goal. All of Barca's back line freaked out and sprinted over towards the ball carrier and left Drogba unmarked for a clean strike. If anyone of those 3 defenders would have covered Drogba they would be tied at 0 heading to the Nou Camp. If you think Ivanovic hurling long balls into the box is dishonorable or something, than you've obviously never played a day of football in your life.

  1. Gak Foodsource
    commented on: April 21, 2012 at 12:26 p.m.
    I will stand by the fact that playing for Petr Cech goal kicks, punts, Terry clearances, and Ivanovic throw-ins is dishonorable stuff indeed, particularly with a squad as expensive and talented as Chelsea's. That doesn't mean I've never played a day in my life, it just means I'm not British. Barcelona has a lapse at the back every match, mostly because they throw everyone forward. They don't mind giving up a goal if it means they can score 5. And if it weren't for exceptionally poor and finishing from Cesc and Sanchez, Chelsea wouldn't even need to make the trip to the Camp Nou. 99 times out of 100, Chelsea loses the way they played in that game. And on the topic of Barcelona hacking - I saw one yellow to Busquets for disrupting a counter attack, and I saw two fouls by Mascherano for his usual Argentine style of defending. If Chelsea had ever left their half perhaps Barca would have had more opportunities to kick. Drogba spent 3 and a half minutes on the ground in that game, and should have been carded for diving.


Sign in to leave a comment. Don't have an account? Join Now




AUTHORS

ARCHIVES
FOLLOW SOCCERAMERICA

Recent Soccer America Daily
NWSL Weekend: Press out-duels Solo in Red Stars' win    
Christen Press scored two goals, including the stoppage-time golazo that was the winner, and added an ...
MLS Saturday: FC Dallas-Toronto FC, a game of two days    
Some games are a tale of two halves. FC Dallas-Toronto FC was a tale of two ...
NASL Weekend: Cosmos draw sellout for shutout win    
The New York Cosmos a drew their largest home crowd since returning to the NASL in ...
USL Friday: Switchbacks romp in snow storm    
An April snow storm socked the Rockies on Friday night, but it couldn't stop the Colorado ...
MLS Friday: Red Bulls set standard high    
The New York Red Bulls remained unbeaten with a 2-0 win over the San Jose Earthquakes ...
What They're Saying: Dominic Kinnear    
"Us passing to them didn't help." -- San Jose coach Dominic Kinnear on what made the ...
USA-Mexico watched by almost 4.5 million fans    
Wednesday's USA-Mexico game averaged almost 4.5 million viewers on Spanish-language networks UniMas and UDN and Fox ...
NWSL Weekend: Sky Blue FC aims to extend streak    
It's a big weekend for pro soccer in the New York metropolitan area. New York City ...
NASL Weekend: Cosmos greats return for Raul home debut    
The New York Cosmos open their third season at home on Saturday, and they'll have special ...
USL Thursday: Sounders 2 fall, Rhinos impress on road    
Sounders FC 2, one of three unbeaten and untied teams in the USL, dropped its first ...
>> Soccer America Daily Archives