Antonio Conte calls Chelsea to play the ideal game against Barcelona

Antonio Conte calls Chelsea to play the ideal game against Barcelona

Antonio Conte calls Chelsea to play the ideal game against Barcelona

Barcelona may be happy to play Chelsea at their own game, sustained by their crucial away goal and confident that, given the chance, Messi and Suarez can land the knock-out blow.

"If you want to be one of the best, you have to play well in the big games", said the Belgian, whose contract expires in 2020.

Despite Conte's praise for Barcelona, Chelsea has done well against the Spanish powerhouse recently, including at Camp Nou.

While Messi remains at Camp Nou, Neymar departed previous year - only for reports to emerge in recent weeks that he could make a return to Barcelona.

'The first leg was a top-quality game with great players on both sides, ' said the Brazilian, who scored five goals in 94 appearances for the Blues between 2007 and 2010 and played in midfield at times.

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Antonio Conte's Blues know they will have to score tonight or go out as a 0-0 draw will do for Barca, however a score draw higher than 1-1 will send last season's Premier League champions through.

The first leg, in London, saw Lionel Messi grab a valuable equaliser, his first ever goal against Chelsea, to secure a 1-1 draw.

In this game, with Valverde likely to play four at the back, Conte should try to get the most of a front three including Hazard, Willian and Giroud/Morata. If you play against Barcelona, to have opportunities you must be flawless.

Barcelona midfielder, Sergio Busquets, has said they need to pay "special attention" to Willian, when they host Chelsea in their Champions League round of 16 tie on Wednesday night.

Because although his side has only let in two in the Champions League in 2017-18, there will be more tough tests ahead in the latter stages, starting against Chelsea on Tuesday - and a few more goals would not go amiss.

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Conte says he is aware that his players will be pushed to their limits: "We know very well the philosophy of Barcelona".

Despite his virtually unrivalled accomplishments, even a cursory glance at social media would show there are some who believe Messi can only be considered for a place in the pantheon of football's greatest by replicating them elsewhere, as Cristiano Ronaldo did with Manchester United in the Premier League prior to joining Real Madrid.

While talking to Chelsea's official website, he stated, "Playing against Barcelona is never easy". Without the ball, you suffer, you have to suffer to defend well. It is down to the player.

123 - Messi has taken 123 appearances in the Champions League to reach three figures in the competition - with 112 of those starts. Rudiger's inclusion means Gary Cahill is again a substitute.

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