Chelsea vs. Barcelona: Player Ratings from the Blues' 1-0 Champions League Win

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Chelsea vs. Barcelona: Player Ratings from the Blues' 1-0 Champions League Win
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Chelsea and Barcelona may be miles apart, but the first leg of the Champions League semifinals played out as fiercely as a contest between Lazio and Roma or Manchester United and Liverpool.

However fierce the game played out, there was absolutely no balance on the pitch, as Chelsea had only 25% possession and no shots on goal in the first 45 minutes.

That is, until Didier Drogba, on a beautiful assist from Ramires, slotted one home past goalkeeper Victor Valdes in the last few seconds of injury time in the first-half. 

Now, visiting Barcelona had a 1-0 deficit hanging over their heads, seething with the frustration of missed opportunities. Chelsea was thanking their lucky stars that Petr Cech and the Blues' defenders (particularly Ashley Cole) came to play, and that Drogba was good enough to slip past Barca's defense.

Then, the second half played out, and despite a volley of shots from the Spaniards and only holding 20% of possession the whole match, Stamford Bridge was treated to their greatest gift since, well, Chelsea's last win in Champions League play against Napoli.

The scoreline says Chelsea squeaked out a close one, but was excellent overall. How did the individuals grade out? Check out my player ratings and let me know if you agree.

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