Chelsea, in touch after the 1-1 draw at Stamford Bridge, were therefore unfortunate enough to encounter the striker fresh, free and at his frighteningly brilliant best. Chelsea have shown that they are a very organised team with clear ideas about how they want to play and players up front who are very unsafe and very quick. We are talking not about a top player but a super top player.
But Conte remains adamant that the Premier League giants can oust one of the tournament favourites if they are willing to rise up to the massive occasion.
"I think they can go there and surprise Barcelona, they have the ability to do that".
"When you play against Barcelona - a team that I consider is one of the best in the world - if you want to have a hope to win you have to play a flawless game", Chelsea's head coach said.
Antonio Conte called on Eden Hazard to win "important trophies" to be considered in the same class as Barcelona's Andres Iniesta. The tifo is dedicated to Messi and the warning of Chelsea head coach Antonio Conte that his team would "have to suffer" to get through to the quarter-finals proved prophetic.
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Chelsea's campaign in the 2017/18 UEFA Champions League came to an end on Wednesday night, March 14, after losing 0-3 against Spanish leaders Barcelona. The midfielder is nursing a hamstring injury in his right leg and is listed as doubtful for the second leg.
Both teams are determined to make it through to the quarterfinals of the league with Barcelona hoping for history not to repeat itself. "I hope my players also have the same excitement [as me]".
"We have to stay compact and fight together without the ball because Barcelona, in every game, have a lot of possession" he added further.