PAT NEVIN: CHELSEA WERE UNLUCKY AGAINST BARCELONA AND MANCHESTER UNITED

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Chelsea could only get a point from their last two big games against Barcelona and Manchester United. The Blues took the lead in those two games courtesy of Willian, only to get a draw and a defeat.

Chelsea hero Pat Nevin believes the Blues were unlucky in those games, and with just a slice of luck, Chelsea should have won both matches.

He wrote in his column in the official Chelsea website: “This has been a hugely frustrating few days for anyone involved with or who supports Chelsea. Taking on Barcelona and then facing Manchester United at Old Trafford was always going to be tough, but it is even tougher to take when you feel you have been short-changed by Lady Luck. No one is saying those two teams were taken to the cleaners by Chelsea, but the narrative seems skewed by what was a couple of centimetres on four different occasions.

“The first and second occasions were when Willian’s two shots hit the posts against Barcelona. With their keeper Marc-Andre ter Stegen not even close to getting across to them, the woodwork saved him twice. It could easily have been 3-0 with hopes high for the second leg but instead Chelsea have a 1-1 scoreline to work with for the trip back over to Spain, when it finally happens. Doesn’t three weeks between the two legs feel like a very long time to you?

“Considering the Jittery January, it was a fine performance but you could argue the first half against Manchester United was even better from our lads. Chelsea were without a doubt the better team in the first 45 minutes; Jose’s men rode their luck when once again a flailing keeper watched as the woodwork saved him. Alvaro Morata, back in the line-up, crashed a snap volley against the bar with De Gea helpless and once again the centimetres were conspiring against us.

“Alvaro might be tempted to take it personally, as later on he was of course onside when he scored ‘the equaliser’. Again it may have come down to tiny margins, this time they should have favoured us but once more they didn’t.

“It is always something that grates with me, just how narratives are decided in the short term on tiny margins. Consider if Alvaro’s shot had hit the underside of the crossbar and gone in and the assistant referee had been able to use VAR when our striker put the ball in the net later on. How different the headlines and the storylines would have been about him, the team and indeed the club’s entire season so far.”

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VICTOR N
Chelsea is more than just a football club to me; it's a passion I share, and my affinity with the Chelsea badge is one that will last forever. As far as watching my favourite team is concerned, I'd rather miss a meal than miss a Chelsea game.