5 things we learnt from Tuesday's games

These are the five things we learnt from Tuesday's Champions League games.

These are five things we learnt from the games.

1. Barcelona still can’t beat Chelsea

Chelsea have been a bogey team to Barcelona in recent years and it continued on Tuesday as the game ended in a 1-1 draw.

Chelsea are now unbeaten in their last eight Champions League games against Barcelona (W2 D6), and although they last played each other in April 2016 prior to Tuesday’s game, that’s is still an impressive record for the Premier League club.

2. Barcelona are too dependent on Lionel Messi

Lionel Messi on Tuesday showed why he continues to be the most important player at Barcelona. Against Chelsea, he was at the heart of almost all Barcelona attack, trying to dribble through midfield and attempting audacious passes to set up his teammates.

A change of set-up this season by Ernesto Valverde has seen Messi switch from the left into the middle and that has made him Barcelona’s creative force. Against Chelsea, Messi was usually tracked by two, three players and that worked, cutting off Barcelona’s creativity. He was only able to complete one of the five dribbles he attempted against Chelsea because of the traffic in the middle.

That didn’t stop him from scoring to earn Barcelona a 1-1 draw, his first goal against Chelsea. Before the game, the Argentine star had played 731 minutes against the Blues in the Champions League without scoring. He has not played that many minutes without scoring against any other team.

2. Willian is underrated

Brazil international Willian put in a Man of the Match display as Chelsea played out a 1-1 draw at home to Barcelona.

Willian scored Chelsea’s only goal and was their most dangerous player all through the game. He hit the post twice before he scored.

While Eden Hazard has oftentimes stolen the limelight, Willian has not been given his due credit and has divided opinions among Chelsea fans.

Yesterday, he showed why he has been underrated so far. "I think so, it's one of my best performances here. I almost had a hat-trick!,” he told Sky Sports after the game.

3. N'Golo Kante impresses against European elite

After two consecutive Premier League titles with Leicester City and Chelsea, N'Golo Kante became the best defensive midfielder in English football. Naysayers, however, downplayed his performances pointing out he was yet to prove it on the European scene.

Against Barcelona, Kante was ever present in the 1-1 draw. For all of Barcelona’s dominance in possession, they were not able to break Chelsea, thanks to Kante.

The Frenchman was all over Messi and although he was often times chasing shadows, he still provided enough hassle to unsettle Barcelona’s star man.

4. Bayern Munich are title favourites

After the laissez-faire regime of Carlo Ancelotti, Bayern Munich are back to being the dominant force they are known to be.

With the Bundesliga almost wrapped up- they have a 19-point lead from the top of the table- the Champions League remain a huge target for them.

A proven European elite, Bayern Munich has reached the semi-final stage three times since they last won it in 2013 and are expected to repeat that this season.  They have slowly recovered since their 3-0 loss at Paris Saint-Germain in the group stage.

They thrashed Besiktas 5-0 on Tuesday to remind everyone where they are one of the favourites this season.

5. Muller is back

After a torrid time under Ancelotti, Thomas Müller has improved remarkably under Jupp Heynckes and is enjoying his football again.

Muller netted twice in the Bayern Munich’s 5-0 win over Besiktas to extend his record as the most prolific German goalscorer in European Cup history.

The 28-year-old now has 42 goals to his name, eight more than the legendary Gerd Muller.

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