Conte admits losing sleep over facing Barcelona

Conte admits losing sleep over facing Barcelona

Conte admits losing sleep over facing Barcelona

Messi, who has not scored in his last five matches, boasts an impressive haul of 27 for Barcelona this season, which includes three goals in the group stages of the Champions League.

"I honestly think this game might suit Chelsea well because it is not a game they have to dominate because they have speed going forward, they have [Eden] Hazard who can create something out of nothing, they have Willian, who feeds off Hazard and they feed very well off each other".

While Barcelona enjoys a seven-point lead at the top of the Spanish league, Chelsea is in a scrap to even secure one of the Premier League's four Champions League qualification places. But he missed a good chance to score in the first half, when he volleyed over from 18 yards, and struggled to make any kind of impact. We'll have to play a flawless game.

Blues boss Antonio Conte is confident his side can defy the odds and get the better of Barca. Given the need for creativity, Conte might go with the former Barcelona man in midfield as Kante's partner.

Ideally, the Italian would have another defensive midfielder to play instead of Drinkwater.

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Captain Gary Cahill will be desperate to feature somewhere in Conte's defence, but with Cesar Azpilicueta a shoo-in to complete the back line, there are concerns that Cahill might be targeted as the weak link by Barca should he feature.

They didn't. Willian picked out a gap in the defense to send the ball into the bottom right of the night.

The game is set to have a huge bearing on Conte's future at Chelsea too, with the reigning Premier League champions having hit a rough patch as of late, exemplified by heavy defeats to both Bournemouth and Watford respectively.

Speaking ahead of the match, the Spaniard insisted Chelsea can stop Messi, despite the Argentine being arguably the best player in the history of the sport.

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Marca, for their part, are talking about how Real Madrid finally look to be turning their season around: they are coming off an impressive 3-1 win over PSG, and also defeated Real Betis 5-3 thanks to a special Asensio performance.

"We did that for nine tenths of the game and unfortunately paid for our only error".

In attack with Hazard, Alvaro Morata and Willian, the Blues will have some pace on the counter - the Brazilian particularly impressing in the FA Cup albeit against Championship side Hull. Let's go for it and try and give everything.

Chelsea hero Ruud Gullit says they must not be obsessed with Lionel Messi tonight.

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