FT. Barcelona 1-2 Chelsea: how the game unfolded as seen by fans & media
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- The game has come to an end as Barcelona fail to make chances pay in a very intensive game against Frank Lampard's side.
- RAKITIC!!! What a goal by the Croatian! Wonderful strike from outside the penalty area!
- ⚽Barkley makes it 0-2 after a fine shot on target.
- Nothing to celebrate, though, as most of these opportunities were poorly treated.
- Pause in the game due to next Chelsea substitutions, Barcelona remain with the same squad they started the 2nd half.
- Rafinha again! Opens well, finds the space and produces another dangerous shot!
- Stunning solo run from Carles Perez! The youngster shots on goal but Kepa's still clean.
- Quality start for Malcom and Rafinha! The two Brazilians are looking for an equalizer 👀
- Lots of changes as we're entering the 2nd half!
- Half-time at Saitama. Nothing special about Barca's performance before the break. Let's hope for a few reinforcements after it!
- Dembele fails to draw the score after the ball came just into Kepa's hands.
- Chelsea's counterpress pays off as Busquets is forced to make an error and let Abraham score...
- Abraham with a chance to open the score! Luckily, his effort has gone wide...
- Looks like our star is alright. Antoine is back in action, the crowd applauds
- Oh no...Griezmann is getting medical treatment on the pitch after collapsing with Jorginho.
- Scenes!!! Puig with a backheel pass to set Dembele one-on-one with Kepa...Amazing!
- With Dembele playing mostly as centre forward, it seems like we've chosen 4-4-2 for the match, just as on the picture.
- Nothing to single out in terms of Barca's attacking actions during the first 10 mins, Ter Stegen seems to be the most focused on the pitch...
- Chelsea again threatening down the left wing...
- First danger in front of Ter Stegen's goal!
- Let's go! Visca el Barca! 🔴🔵
- Seconds till kick-off...
- Antoine is fully ready for the action...
- They're on board!
- Hopefully, you're a striker so you won't be nutmegged often!
Today's starter Griezmann - the day before his debut: "To be honest, I didn't have a very good start because I got nutmegged twice in my first training session - Rakitic did one of them. Luckily I've learned my lesson. As for the phonecalls, Messi still hasn't called me but Suárez has congratulated me and welcomed me on board."
- Frenkie sharing kindness ahead of his debut display for Barca 👏
- Here's the line-up of today's opponents...
- So here's our line-up for today! Griezmann IN, De Jong on the bench. Thoughts?
Starting XI: Ter Stegen; Sergi Roberto, Pique, Umtiti, Alba; S. Busquets, Oriol Busquets, Riqui Puig; Collado, Dembele, Griezmann.
Bench: Neto, Iñaki Peña, N. Semedo, Rakitic, Todibo, Pérez, Rafinha, Malcom, Lenglet, Aleñá, F. De Jong, Monchu, Araujo, Guillem.
- Today is the day! Barcelona will face Chelsea in an exciting friendly fixture in Saitama, Japan! We sincerely hope for an amazing show and quality display from our admired players, especially those who will wear Blaugrana shirt for the first time!
- 🔴🔵Hello and welcome, Cules!