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Chelsea 1 Barcelona 0

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Drogba does his best work on the deck.

Chelsea take a slight advantage to the Nou Camp.

Man of the match: Ashley Young.

Flop of the match: Cesc Fabregas

Golden Globe Award: Dider Drogba

Dider Drogba managed to stay on his feet long enough to get himself on the end of a wonderful pass from Ramires across the six yard line and slot home the only goal of the game.

For periods of the first half Drogba was a drama queen throwing himself in the air at any hint of contact and generally being a complete twat.

If the neutrals were going to be won over then Chelsea would have to do it despite Drogbas terrible play acting.

Does he do it on purpose to try and make out he is some lightweight fairy that you could blow over before he rushes past you?

If he does then it is a wonderful deception because when he starts running with the ball at his feet that powerful, muscular physique takes a lot of stopping.

The result belies the game. Barcelona were superior in technique and could, nay, should have been out of sight by half time.

Only the woodwork and wayward finishing from of all people - Cesc Fabregas came to Chelsea's rescue.

It is indicative of how far the Spanish have progressed that they manage to outplay our best English sides by a long distance.

The problem is that unless our attitude to coaching kids at a young age changes then this is going to carry on for a long time and probably even get worse.

The truth is that Chelsea had one shot on goal and scored.

This is not to be churlish and suggest that Chelsea were undeserved winners. Most other teams would have lost this game and it was a testament to Robert Di Matteo that they did not.

Chelsea were magnificent in defence but even that level of performance could not stop a last gasp goal line clearance and several shots hitting the woodwork in the second half.

In today's Telegraph they rate every Chelsea player several points above their Barcelona counterpart but I just didn't see it that way.

792 Barcelona passes to 180 says so as well.

twenty four goal attempts to four will tell you that the real work is just about to begin.

But passing numbers do not win you games. Neither do goal attempts. Chelsea scored and Barcelona didn't.

For Chelsea, Ashley Young was absolutely outstanding and would be one candidate to grace a Barcelona team with his presence. He has improved with maturity and showed flashes of brilliant skill along with his solid defence play. Man of the match for me.

For Barcelona every player is a delight to watch. The passing is sublime, mesmeric. The movement and distribution is something of aesthetic beauty. You are surprised only when the move fails to bring the end result.

Unless sports administrators in this country wake up and see that sport for young kids should be encouraged and not restricted to an hours PE a week then we are destined to see Barcelona continue to pass our best teams to death with the only hope being a rear-guard action and a long punt up field.

What are the chances of Chelsea doing the same again?

Skybet have Chelsea at 8/1 to progress to the final.

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