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Chelsea boss Antonio Conte named a brave line-up to face Barcelona as he opted to start without a striker and also chose not to play the captain Gary Cahill.

Conte started a backline that included Cesar Azpilicueta, Andreas Christensen and Antonio Rudiger.

With Chelsea 1-0 ahead just after the hour mark, Lionel Messi equalised on the 75th minute following a wrong pass across the defence by Andreas Christensen. But Conte chose not to criticize the young defender.

No absolutely not. It was a great performance, an incredible performance. He is only 21 and it is great he can play with that maturity.

“He was one of the best players tonight. He played a top game and I am very pleased for his performance.”

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