Antonio Conte warns Chelsea they must 'suffer' to beat Barcelona

source : skysports.com - 13/03/18 7:00pm


Antonio Conte warns Chelsea they must be prepared to suffer to beat Barcelona
Antonio Conte warns Chelsea they must be prepared to suffer to beat Barcelona

Chelsea must overcome 90 minutes of suffering to have any hope of beating Barcelona, says Antonio Conte.

Conte said his side produced an almost perfect display in the first leg of their Champions League last-16 tie against Barcelona at Stamford Bridge, but when they made one mistake paid a lot for it.

and take the advantage of an away goal back to the return fixture at the Nou Camp on Wednesday.

Conte warned his players must stay in the game in very moment in another counter-attacking plan this time around.

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 perfect game, Chelsea`s head coach said.

We know there are moments to suffer for every team against Barcelona, we must be prepared to suffer, to be compact. But when you have the ball you must have the feeling in your head, your heart, to try to create the chance to score.

Every team must be prepared to suffer their possession because Barca like to dominate the game. Without the ball, you suffer, you have to suffer to defend well.

When we have the ball we must know very well which is the way to try to score and create chances in the same way we did at Stamford Bridge.

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Antonio Rudiger and Alvaro Morata are in contention to face Barcelona, says Conte, who has no other fresh injury concerns.

Chelsea played with Eden Hazard in an advanced role instead of an out-and-out striker in the first match at Stamford Bridge, but Conte said Alvaro Morata is in contention to play in the second leg.

Willian, with three goals in his last four games, has been praised for his performances in Conte`s preferred set-up in recent weeks, though.

The Brazil international echoed Conte`s call for a faultless display to beat Barcelona and reach the last eight.

For us to go through we have to do a perfect game with and without the ball, he said.

Barcelona head coach Ernesto Valverde says Andres Iniesta will decide himself whether he is fit enough to face Chelsea on Wednesday
Barcelona head coach Ernesto Valverde says Andres Iniesta will decide himself whether he is fit enough to face Chelsea on Wednesday

We come here to do exactly the same job we did at Stamford Bridge against them.

We know Barcelona always have more possession, they like to play, but with the ball we have to be more clinical and without the ball stay compact.

We have to do the same job because here the pitch is big and we have to stay together to not concede and go for counter attacks.










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