Surprisingly, Chelsea boss Antonio Conte named an attacking line-up that didn’t include a recognised striker. The Chelsea boss named Olivier Giroud and Alvaro Morata on the bench as he started Eden Hazard as a false nine alongside Willian and Pedro.
To his credit, the system paid for Chelsea as the Blues were the better side at Stamford Bridge.
Conte hailed his front three of Willian, Eden Hazard and Pedro for their performance as he said after the game: “Our three strikers played very well and a fantastic game.
“Willian played really well against Hull and in the last three games we have scored eight times, seven with Willian Pedro and Hazard. We must be pleased with the game, not the final result.”
Conte also chose not to introduce Alvaro Morata until after 80 minutes, and he explained it was because everyone on the pitch were having a good game.
He said: “Without the mistake Barca were struggling to create a chance to score. We tried to exploit the situation. Don’t forget we had two posts tonight and we were unlucky. We gave 120%.”