Chelsea 1-1 Barcelona: player ratings from Stamford Bridge

Dominic Fifield at Stamford Bridge on 20 February 2018

Chelsea

Thibaut Courtois Occasionally panicked with his distribution, but strong at crosses and helpless for Messi’s equaliser 6

César Azpilicueta Organised, read Barça’s intent and summoned the form of recent seasons rather than this one, but could not reach Christensen’s pass 7

Andreas Christensen It was cruel that Chelsea’s most consistent defender this season should err with a pass to present Barça with their equaliser 6

Antonio Rüdiger Endured some awkward moments, dizzied by Messi at times, but persevered and his charges up-field were a thrill 7

Victor Moses Energetic down the flank and ever eager to support the attack, but stretched defensively 6

N’Golo Kanté Chelsea needed Kanté to excel, and it was his aggression and interceptions which whipped up the hosts 8

Cesc Fàbregas Conte was frustrated at the pace and accuracy of some of his passing, but he was industrious and prompted when he could 6

Marcos Alonso Severely tested defensively, and wary of venturing too far forward. Perhaps rusty after recent injury 6

Willian Chelsea’s most threatening player all night, scurrying forward and battering shots against both posts before whipping in the hosts’ opener 8

Eden Hazard The hosts were always happiest when he was scurrying up-field, but he felt wasted as a false No9 7

Pedro Charged with snapping at Ter Stegen and also screening passes into Messi, he worked tirelessly and selflessly 7

Barcelona

Marc-Andre ter Stegen Either fortunate or demonstrating sound judgment as Willian’s shots cannoned from both his posts, and unsighted at the Brazilian’s opener 6

Sergi Roberto Pushed forward at will, but prone to rash decisions at the back and it was his error which presented Willian with his second chance 5

Gerard Piqué A calming influence helping Umtiti at his side, but might have been more tested up against a recognised striker 6

Samuel Umtiti Occasionally exposed on the turn, and the 24-year-old is a weakness Chelsea must surely target in the return 6

Jordi Alba A marauding presence up the flank, linking up with the central suppliers, to stretch the home side’s rearguard 7

Sergio Busquets Tidy enough in possession for possession’s sake, cynical when he had to be, but exposed when opponents spun off him 6

Ivan Rakitic Impressive in partnership with Iniesta and Messi, and constantly available, but more cautious after his yellow card 7

Paulinho Planted a header horribly wide and generally underwhelmed. Life in England deflates the former Tottenham midfielder 4

Andrés Iniesta Was at the heart of everything positive Barça mustered with his interchanges with Messi and Rakitic making them tick 7

Luis Suárez The Uruguayan has now gone 881 minutes without a goal in this competition and, one turn away from Christensen aside, was becalmed 5

Lionel Messi Ninth time lucky for the Argentinian against Chelsea. At times it took two or three markers to stifle his threat 7

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