Barca hit out at Chelsea
By Amanda Cornforth
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
Barcelona players have accused Chelsea of resorting to foul means following their draw.
Carles Puyol has accused Chelsea striker Didier Drogba of diving to try and get Barcelona players booked.
There was no shortage of controversy following Chelsea's last-gasp 2-2 draw with Barcelona in a highly charged clash at Camp Nou.
The Catalan side looked to have got the better of the Premiership outfit in an exciting yet tense and bad tempered match on Tuesday as they twice took the lead but an injury-time strike from Drogba earned Chelsea a point.
A war of words was then sparked between the two sides, who have now met six times in the UEFA Champions League in the last three seasons.
Barca players and coach Frank Rijkaard accused Chelsea of resorting to foul means in order to claim victory.
Captain Puyol said: "They were the first ones trying to provoke things and not us.
"Drogba was diving on to the ground all the time asking for us to be booked."
The draw left the reigning European champions in third place in Group A, two points adrift of Werder Bremen and five behind Chelsea.
They must now win their last two matches away to Levski Sofia and at home to Werder Bremen to book their place in the knockout stages.
Chelsea coach Jose Mourinho, who fell to his knees, clenched his fists and screamed in joy when Drogba netted the equaliser, was once again the target of Barca's anger.
He had upset Barca before the match by his accusations that they were accustomed to using theatrical tactics to influence referees and then by walking out of the post-match news conference before taking any questions from local journalists.
"The worst thing about playing against Chelsea is having to listen to the stupid things that Mourinho says," Edmilson told reporters.
"He thinks he is king of the world, but in life you have to be more humble and work hard.
"Their last goal was worse than a defeat. I would prefer to lose 3-0 than draw a game like that."
Deco, who had initially put Barca ahead with a superbly struck low drive in the third minute, added; "It is a real shame my goal served for nothing. Now we have no choice but to win against Levski and then fight to the death against Werder."