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Fabregas: Going to Barcelona to defend is a ‘suicide mission’

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Chelsea FC v FC Barcelona - UEFA Champions League Round of 16: First Leg Photo by Shaun Botterill/Getty Images,

Cesc Fabregas could not hide his disappointment after Chelsea were held to a 1-1 draw by Barcelona at Stamford Bridge on Tuesday in the Champions League.

Willian fired Chelsea ahead but Lionel Messi equalised, netting his first goal against Chelsea to secure the draw.

Speaking after the game Fabregas insisted Chelsea would have to attack in the second leg and admitted that the draw was a real disappointment for the Blues having gone ahead.

“It is such a shame really. I thought we were very good, we executed the game plan really well, we were compact, solid, played as a team and created lots of chances - Willian could have had a hat-trick - but we go home sad because a fantastic performance is not a fantastic result,” he said.

“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.

”You have to have a lot of personality to play against this team who has 70% of the ball. We have to go there to attack and score because 90 minutes defending at the Nou Camp is an eternity, it is a suicide mission. We have to play our game.”

Source | BT Sport

Chelsea will have to score at Camp Nou in the second leg or they will exit the tournament thanks to Messi’s away goal at Stamford Bridge.