Frank Lampard names difference between FC Barcelona and Chelsea FC
The Chelsea FC legend names Lionel Messi as the difference at Camp Nou on Wednesday
Frank Lampard admitted Lionel Messi was the clear difference between FC Barcelona and Chelsea FC after Wednesday night’s 3-0 loss at Camp Nou.
The defending Premier League champions were looking to book their place in the quarter-final draw of Europe’s premier club competition.
Chelsea FC squandered a 1-0 lead to draw 1-1 with FC Barcelona at Stamford Bridge after Willian’s opener was cancelled out by Messi.
The Argentina international netted his fastest goal for club or country after he netted in the third minute at Camp Nou with a finish between Thibaut Courtois’ legs.
Messi turned provider for Oussame Dembele when the South American pounced on a Chelsea FC mistake to tee up the FC Barcelona summer signing.
Spanish defender Marcos Alonso hit the woodwork in added time at the end of the first half to miss out on a vital away goal.
Messi extended FC Barcelona’s lead to 3-0 when Messi finished between Courtois’ legs again to compound a miserable night for the Belgium international.
Former Chelsea FC midfielder Lampard admitted that Messi was the clear difference between the two sides at Camp Nou on Wednesday night.
“I think Chelsea put in a good performance, but this is Champions League knockout football and it doesn’t matter,” Lampard told BT Sport.
“Of course you have to hold you hands up to Lionel Messi. He was obviously the difference.”
Chelsea FC are in fifth place in the Premier League table and five points adrift of Liverpool FC, who occupy the final Champions League qualificaton spot.