‘Defending at Barca a suicide mission’

Cesc Fabregas has warned Chelsea that only defending at Barcelona would be “a suicide mission” after lamenting their 1-1 draw on Tuesday.

Chelsea must score at Camp Nou in three weeks’ time to have any chance of reaching the Champions League quarter-finals, and Fabregas urged his side to show “a lot of personality” and not resort to sitting back in the second leg.

“It’s such a shame really,” the former Blaugrana midfielder told BT Sport after the game.

“I thought we were very good, we executed the game plan really well, we were compact, solid, played as a team and created lots of chances – Willian could have had a hatrick – but we go home sad because a fantastic performance is not a fantastic result.

“It is still open though and we have showed that we can compete and we will need another excellent performance at the Nou Camp to go through.

“You have to have a lot of personality to play against this team who has 70 percent of the ball.

“We have to go there to attack and score because 90 minutes defending at the Nou Camp is an eternity, it is a suicide mission. We have to play our game.”

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