Chelsea interim manager Roberto Di Matteo asked for a ‘perfect’ performance against Barcelona last night. And his players responded and put in a shift.
Didier Drogba’s goal in the last minute of the
first half, handed the Spanish powerhouse their first defeat in this
season’s Champions League competition.
It wasn’t as easy as that
for the Blues. The Catalans bossed the entire 90 minutes of the first
leg of this semi-final clash. But a combination of the frame of the post
and profligacy in front of goal cost them a vital away goal.
Sanchex and Cesc Fabregas went close, before Lampard intercepted a pass
and sent Ramires scampering on the left. The Brazilian’s pass found
Drogba, whose finish slid under Victor Valdes.
Barca started the
second half in the same fashion, but Gary Cahill and John Terry produced
an excellent display in the centre of defence. Petr Cech also made a
handful of good saves. pedro hit the post in the last moments of the
game and Busquets skied the rebound.