Rio Ferdinand reacts to Willian’s display in Chelsea FC’s 1-1 draw with FC Barcelona

Rio Ferdinand praises Willian for his sparkling display in Chelsea FC's 1-1 draw with FC Barcelona on Tuesday night

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Manchester United legend Rio Ferdinand Photo: BT Sport

Rio Ferdinand praised Willian for delivering when it counted as he helped to inspire Chelsea FC to a 1-1 draw with FC Barcelona in the last 16 of the Champions League on Tuesday night.

The Brazilian was started in a front three along with Pedro Rodriguez and Eden Hazard at Stamford Bridge as Antonio Conte opted not to start with Alvaro Morata or Olivier Giroud up front.

Willian was on top form for the Premier League outfit and the Brazilian struck both posts in the first half but was unable to break the deadlock.

However, the attacker continued his strong form after the break when he gave the Blues the lead with a superb low curling shot into the bottom corner in the 62nd minute.

Barcelona fought back and equalised in the 75th minute through Lionel Messi.

Former Manchester United defender Ferdinand was very impressed by what he saw from Willian and also praised Blues boss Conte for getting his tactics right against the Spanish side.

Speaking during BT Sport‘s coverage of the game, Ferdinand said: “Conte got his tactics spot on today.

“It was a very compact team and they picked their times well in coming out and causing Barcelona problems.

“Willian today was the one who produced.”

The Blues will take on FC Barcelona at the Camp Nou in the return leg of the last 16 clash in Spain on 14 March.

First, the Blues will switch their attentions back towards Premier League affairs and their trip to Manchester United on Sunday afternoon.

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