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Willian: Chelsea need the perfect game to beat Barcelona

The Brazil forward scored for the Blue in the first leg

Willian, en un partido con el Chelsea
Willian, en un partido con el Chelsea | sport

Willian says Chelsea will have to play the “perfect game” if they want to knock Barcelona out of the Champions League at Camp Nou on Wednesday. 

The Brazil forward gave Chelsea the lead in the first leg but Lionel Messi’s second half strike means it’s 1-1 going into the second leg this week. 

“The first leg is in the past,” he said in a press conference at Camp Nou. “Tomorrow’s game is a really difficult one. We expect Barcelona to have a lot of possession. We will have to play a perfect game to go through to the [quarterfinal]. 

“We come here to do the same job we did at Stamford Bridge. We know Barcelona always have more possession, they like to have the ball, to play and you know… 

“Like I said, with the ball, we have to be more clinical. Without the ball, we have to stay compact. We have to do the same job because we know here the pitch is big and we have to stay together, not concede and go for counter attack as well.”

Chelsea stunned Barca in 2012 when they held the Catalans to a 2-2 draw, progressing to the final in the process, where they beat Bayern Munich on penalties. Willian wasn’t at the club then but he remembers the game.  

“I was watching that game in 2012,” he added. “But for me every game has its own history. That is the past, tomorrow is a new history. I think for us to go through we have to do a perfect game with and without the ball. That’s the most important thing.” 

Willian also urged his teammates not to focus solely on Lionel Messi, who’s playing for the first time since missing the weekend’s win over Malaga due to the birth of his third son. 

“We know the quality of Messi,” said. “Barcelona have a lot of players with great quality. Of course we have to keep eyes on Messi because he’s great, he can do whatever he wants on the pitch. We have to prepare ourselves to look at him but the whole team of Barcelona as well.” 

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