EDEN HAZARD has claimed Chelsea will look to attack Barcelona at the Nou Camp with the “perfect” game-plan in their Champions League second-leg clash next month.
Chelsea were held to a 1-1 draw by Barcelona at Stamford Bridge last night, despite taking the lead through Willian.
A mix-up at the back from Andreas Christensen allowed Lionel Messi to grab an important away goal for the Catalan club – his first against the Blues.
The result means Antonio Conte’s side cannot afford to rest on their laurels in the second leg at the Nou Camp on March 14.
And Eden Hazard has insisted Chelsea have no intention of doing so and will look to attack Barca with the “perfect” game-plan.
“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,” Hazard told the Belgian press.
“We will go there trying to win because we have to score and we will try for the perfect game as we did today except for the small error that we made.
“That’s what made the difference because you’re up against Barcelona.
“Against other teams, perhaps you get away without letting in a goal.
“We played well. We had a plan to defend well but perhaps we could have done more with the ball when we had it.
“But it’s not over. We can still dream. Qualification is still possible.”
And Hazard was also pleased with the way Chelsea managed to contain Barca’s talisman Lionel Messi for much of the game, despite allowing him to score a late equaliser.
“We contained him well today. When he’s outside the box he’s less dangerous than in it,” Hazard added.
“He had one touch in the box today and he scored. That’s the difference he makes.”
Meanwhile, Willian saw enough in Chelsea’s performance at Stamford Bridge to suggest they can upset the odds in the second leg.
“In a difficult game we played very well,” he told the club website. “We had to stay compact, we had a plan and we did exactly as we expected.
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“They had the ball and we expected to counter-attack, and we could win this game. But we did not and the result is still open, we have to go there and try to win.
“Barcelona had more possession but they did not create more dangerous chances to score. We can go there and make the game.
“To play in the Nou Camp is totally different and we have go there with the same mentality and try to win the game.
“We were good, we played very well but we made a mistake and then we suffered a goal – but we can go to Barcelona and do a good job again.”
Willian may have put in a man-of-the-match display but the Brazilian knows he has to maintain that level as Chelsea’s season reaches a crucial stage.
— Antonio Rüdiger (@ToniRuediger) February 20, 2018
The Blues now face back-to-back trips to Manchester, facing United – and old boss Jose Mourinho – on Sunday before heading to champions-elect City the following weekend.
“It was one of my best performances here,’ added Willian. “I almost had a hat-trick!
“We were a bit unlucky but we must be proud of our performance because we played really well.
“To play against Barcelona is not easy and now we have to think about the other games.
— Chelsea FC (@ChelseaFC) February 20, 2018
‘We go there in three weeks’ time and we have difficult games as well in the Premier League. Now we have to think about the games coming and then we have to think about Barcelona.”