Barcelona v Chelsea match zone: Midfield trio frustrate Barca

Nou Camp match zone: Midfield trio frustrate slick Barca

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22:16 GMT, 24 April 2012

Barcelona's passing was slick from a strange formation and Chelsea played with a narrow back four, rarely stretched beyond the width of their area.

A tight trio of Raul Meireles, John Mikel Obi and Frank Lampard patrolled just ahead of them, providing two layers of protection even after John Terry's red card. Chelsea were slow to restart the game, although the ball-boys were like lightning with the multi-ball service.

To be Frank: Lampard and co frustrated Barcelona

To be Frank: Lampard and co frustrated Barcelona

Speed dating at the back

Every keeper likes a settled defence; last night was like a speed-dating routine. Gary Cahill went off, Branislav Ivanovic went inside and Jose Bosingwa played right back. Bosingwa joined Ivanovic after Terry's red and Ramires played on the right.

When Barca lost Gerard Pique – who went to hospital with concussion – on came Dani Alves, the world's most attacking defender, in a back three.

Out cold: Pique was taken to hospital with concussion

Out cold: Pique was taken to hospital with concussion

Long-ball game

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Nowhere to hide: Messi was left to reflect on a disappointing day for Barca

Messi has a record 14 Champions League goals this season and 11 of them with his left foot. His pass for Iniesta's goal, Barcelona's second, took his number of goals plus assists to 90 for the season.

Defensive woes

Cahill's early injury leaves Chelsea very short at the back for Sunday's league game at home to Queens Park Rangers, with Ivanovic banned, David Luiz injured and Terry still nursing sore ribs.

Shreeves on hand to fill in Roberto

Roberto di Matteo did not have a clue what Terry had been dismissed for, or who had made the decision. It was Sky TV's touchline reporter Geoff Shreeves who told the Chelsea bench what the skipper had done and that it had been spotted by an assistant referee on the line.