Speaking after Tuesday night's Champions League visit to Chelsea, coach Ernesto Valverde seemed content enough with the 1-1 draw.

“I’m happy, because this was Stamford Bridge, not the Camp Nou,” he said. “This is a difficult ground and we were playing against the Premier League champions.”

"It was clash of styles between two different teams. We wanted to control the possession and they wanted to surprise us on the counter. But we couldn’t finish things off in the final third. There was a lot of traffic in and around their area.”

"They were playing a five-man defence. But if we were to play with five forwards, all we would have done is create chances for them. We were trying to finish off our moves, but we also had to be careful to protect us from counter-attacks.”

And it was Chelsea who opened the scoring off the boot of Willian.

"They scored because they are a very good team,” was Valverde’s matter-of-fact explanation. “We have players that can make a difference, and so do they.”

“But we kept pushing and took advantage of their mistake. It was a tense game because the outcome was so uncertain, but I think it was a good result for us.”

"The away goal here was very important. It means they won’t have a favourable result to defend in the second leg. I think we’ll both stick to our own styles at the Camp Nou. We have the edge, but it’s nothing definitive.”

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