More importantly Christensen had allowed Messi to score an away goal for Barcelona - and if you don't think that was a significant development, why don't you have a word with Jose Mourinho? "In this type of game it's right to face the best players and you don't hope they will miss out with injury".
Barcelona's Argentinian forward Lionel Messi (L) vies with Atletico Madrid's Spanish forward Diego Costa during the Spanish league football match FC Barcelona against Club Atletico de Madrid at the Camp Nou stadium in Barcelona on March 04, 2018.
"They can hurt you a lot on the counter-attack so Barcelona will have to put in a serious performance and try to score a goal because if they don't Chelsea could hurt them on the counter".
Chelsea's slump has seen them lose limply to Arsenal in the Carabao Cup semifinals and get hammered in the league by also-rans Bournemouth and Watford.
The task ahead the Blues is a hard one considering how poor they've been in recent weeks and the fact that Barcelona are yet to lose at home since 2016 makes it nearly "a mission impossible".More news: New England Patriots free agency rumors: Tyrann Mathieu cut by Arizona Cardinals
Lionel Messi led the way as he opened the scoring early on, with both his goals going through Tibaut Courtois' legs.
Antonio Conte's Chelsea will aim to frustrate Barcelona in the second leg of their Champions League last-16 tie on Wednesday but they may find an opponent less expansive than they expect.
Barcelona, a five-time European champion, eliminated Chelsea in the 2009 semifinals, when Iniesta scored the decisive goal in second-half injury time in the second leg in London. However, the Italian was criticized for failing to bring either Olivier Giroud or Morata to play a target man and pull Barcelona defence wide so as to create chances.
"I'm happy with my form and I am happy with the goals that I scored", the 29-year-old added.
"[Neymar] has not told me he wants to return", he said.
"We are talking about incredible players". "The final result for the first leg gives a great advantage to Barcelona". But mathematics suggests that 1-1 will take them to extra-time and penalties and that 2-2 or better will take them through on away goals.