Lionel MESSI scores against Chelsea for the first time in his illustrious career as Barcelona drew 1-1 against Chelsea in the Champions League.
Something always seems to happen when Lionel MESSI plays against Chelsea, be it at Stamford Bridge or at the Camp Nou. The first time was a man of the match performance at Stamford Bridge back in 2006 where he ran circles around the Chelsea team. The second was Andres INIESTA’s memorable goal late in the match in 2009 to send Barcelona through to the final in Rome. The third was MESSI infamously missing a penalty kick against them back in 2012 which would have sent Barcelona into the final.
However, despite playing eight matches against the reigning Premier League champions, MESSI had never scored against them. Zero goals in eight matches. But that all changed on Tuesday as Barcelona visited Stamford Bridge once more. Brazilian WILLIAN hit the woodwork twice and finally struck in the second half to give the home team the lead.
Following the goal, MESSI sent in a 60 yard cross to Luis SUAREZ who may (or may not) have been taken down in the area. SUAREZ protested and Chelsea tried to play out from the back. But a pass through the middle of the Chelsea back line lead to Mr. Big Match himself Andres INIESTA receiving the ball at the edge of the Chelsea area. The World Cup hero then slid the ball back to MESSI who put it past Thibault COURTOIS to score his first goal against Chelsea but more importantly draw Barcelona level.
With the away goal rule in play, Barcelona technically lead going into the second leg at the Camp Nou.
Lionel MESSI scores against Chelsea
Lionel Messi FINALLY scores against Chelsea, he shows up when it matters. pic.twitter.com/SdPjB03Bmt
— Mootaz Chehade (@MHChehade) February 20, 2018
Following the match, the BT Sport panel (Gary LINEKER, Steven GERRARD, Frank LAMPARD and Rio FERDINAND) all spoke about MESSI. Here’s what they had to say:
“It was just great to be in the same stadium as him…never mind compete!”
Gerrard, Lampard, @rioferdy5 and @GaryLineker talk about the genius of Lionel Messi… 🙌 pic.twitter.com/j45mAz1DYV
— Football on BT Sport (@btsportfootball) February 20, 2018
MESSI has now scored 18 goals against English teams in the Champions League, more than any other player in history.
Lionel MESSI: 18 goals
Cristiano RONALDO: 11 goals
Thomas MULLER: 9 goals
Samuel ETO’O: 8 goals
Edinson CAVANI: 8 goals
Lionel MESSI goals:
Arsenal: 9 goals
Manchester City: 6 goals
Manchester United: 2 goals
Chelsea: 1 goal
Otro nivel… pic.twitter.com/Bd0MnWhzV6
— Sarah (@AllAboutFutbol2) February 20, 2018
What I understood is that Messi can not be marked anymore. Those late runs can not be marked at all.
It arises anxiety in me when I think about the way Chelsea marked Messi yesterday! If Iniesta had not risen to the occasion, Messi would not have scored that goal! In Argentina’s case, the question is who will play that Iniesta role or who will provide such an assist to Messi (or some other player) when Messi is tightly marked?
Brilliant Comment. Hence i do not trust players like Augero, Hugain or Di maria to perform that role. I am implying in a sense of difference makers. My only hope is players beside Messi realize the Argentina shirt and give their best. Yes Hugain and Augero are scoring goals, but they never show up when team need the most. They flourish when Team flourish where as Messi always seems to have idea even in tightly marked match. In 2014 final, germany did the same and there was no another difference maker.
well written to you sandy and arg2018,
its been a long time problem for out n.t but we keep the same players in their shirts and then wonder why the same thing keep happening barr messi magic.
well said Sandy…
Messi also missed chances in that wc final missed penalty in Copa so that means messi can’t handle pressure?? Why always aguero and higuain that’s so unfair aguero and dimaria is a fantastic player and should be injury free if Argentina wants to win the whole thing I would even add dybala also superstar always needed banega lanzini paredes can make u create but to win u have to score and defence should be strong don’t expect messi to be 100% he loves Barcelona so much that he stupidly playing all matches and getting burned out in the process if he don’t rest now he will be completely exhausted even before wc starts
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