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Willian has started 10 more games for Chelsea this year compared to the same time last season, due to an increased fixture schedule after a run to the semi-final in the Carabao Cup and the club's involvement in Europe.

"At least we won't be able to think defensively in the second leg because if we think defensively over there we will be in a lot of danger", the Belgian told reporters.

The Serbia worldwide has largely impressed under Jose Mourinho, although his form has deteriorated in the second half of the season, while Tiemoue Bakayoko - whose arrival at Chelsea prompted Matic's departure - has struggled to make a positive impact. That game plan is understandable to an extent, but the fact de Gea was their best player is an indication of the problems with their defense.

"He can also become the captain of this team in the future". Many suitors must have taken note. By the time Willian found the net after hitting the post twice in the first half, it seemed Chelsea will produce one of those magical nights that Stamford Bridge is famous for.

Willian proved to be the club's most risky player in their Champions League last-16 first leg on Tuesday, hitting the post twice before scoring in a 1-1 draw.

"This is not only for one player, but for all my players". They have done it before and they can certainly do it again.

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"It is still open though and we have showed that we can compete and we will need another excellent performance at the Nou Camp to go through".

Chelsea have only won one of their last four games to fall further away from City, with Tottenham snapping at their heels in fifth place, but Conte says his players have not lost focus.

The away goal here was very important.

Chelsea FC will face the daunting task of scoring at the Camp Nou against a Barcelona side that has only conceded five league goals at their home stadium this term. He ended up with a almost flawless game at Stamford Bridge.

"We have just started to play these massive games". Or will Barcelona prevail like they have on 11 out of 13 occasions when they have been in a similar position?

Willian's superb 62nd-minute effort looked like giving Chelsea a precious advantage for the second leg in Spain but it undid all the good work by handing Messi an equaliser.