Alexis Sanchez has revealed that Chelsea once made Lionel Messi cry.
The Manchester United striker shared a dressing room with the five-time Ballon d’Or winner during their shared time together at Barcelona. During an interview with Sky Sports, Sanchez offered an insight into how badly the Argentinean would take defeat.
‘You might cry during a game if you lose a final,’ said Sanchez. ‘That’s all part of football. In the Barcelona dressing room after the Chelsea game, I saw Leo [Messi] cry. That’s because players demand so much from themselves. People don’t see that.’
The game Sanchez was referring to was the 2012 Champions League semi-final meeting between Chelsea and Barcelona.
With a 1-0 lead from the first-leg, Chelsea produced one of the great defensive displays in the second-leg in Barcelona.
After seeing captain John Terry sent off early in the game, the Blues managed to draw 2-2 at the Nou Camp with Fernando Torres scoring late in the game for Chelsea. The Premier League side would go on to win the tournament.
Messi will have a chance for revenge later this month, with Chelsea and Barcelona coming face-to-face for the first time since that memorable semi-final. They meet in the Round of 16 with Chelsea hosting the first-leg on 20 February.
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