Stamford Bridge pitch isn't in great nick for Chelsea Barcelona


The Premier League champions are unbeaten in their last seven Champions League games against Barcelona, who have also won just one of their six away games against Chelsea in the Champions League (D1 L4).

"We were very close to playing the flawless game", Conte said.

Before this tie, Chelsea coach Antonio Conte claimed his side would need a "perfect game" if they were to progress, and Christensen will be all too aware that his mistake was the difference. I try to do my job and try to reach their level, because they are the best in the world.

"For us, it is a game that makes us very excited, but it is just another game in the Champions League". "We have to work very hard".

The last time the sides met was back in 2012 when the Blues went on to win the Champions League for the first time in their history.

"In the days after the game in the FA Cup, I must be honest, it was a bit hard to sleep well", he said. We have to pay great attention, but not only to Messi.

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The 30-year-old Argentine is now enjoying one of his best ever seasons and has undoubtedly been earmarked as N'Golo Kante's biggest challenge to date.

Manager Antonio Conte defended the 21-year-old Dane though.

"He has the classic Italian methods, very strong defence who can counter at any moment". If you switched off for one minute, you knew they would score. The Frenchman trained with Manchester United on Tuesday ahead of the English club's visit to Sevilla later in the week.

Barca may not be the force they were five years ago, but they are still a potent attacking unit that can tear any rival to shreds when at their best. There's some surprise in the Barcelona camp, according to the Catalan newspaper, because they had been expecting a carpet of flawless grass, as they're more used to finding at top English grounds.

John Terry and Ricardo Carvalho both managed to keep a lid on Messi during previous encounters, while Branislav Ivanovic man-marked the Argentinian out of the game in the last meeting between the two sides.

It looks as though Eden Hazard will play as the most advanced, supported by Willian and Pedro either side.