Antonio Conte: Hazard must win more trophies to emulate Iniesta

Florence Fletcher
March 15, 2018

Chelsea will look to upset the odds when they travel to the Nou Camp to take on Barcelona for a spot in the Champions League quarter-finals on Wednesday night.

Courtois saved well to deny Paulinho's header in the closing minutes, but a fourth goal would have been harsh on Chelsea, who for periods of the game had threatened, but Barca have a player called Messi and they don't.

"We are talking about two different players with different careers", Conte said. "If we go into the game with this mentality I think we can do something special".

The task ahead the Blues is a hard one considering how poor they've been in recent weeks and the fact that Barcelona are yet to lose at home since 2016 makes it nearly "a mission impossible".

"The final result for the first leg gives a greater advantage for Barcelona", Conte said.

Over six meetings in 20 months from February 2005 Barcelona and Chelsea established themselves as perhaps the great European rivals of their era, the Blues winning in the round of 16 during the 2004-05 season before Barca got their revenge a year later.

"I don't know if tomorrow he could play (or not), but I think, in this type of game, it's right to face the best players and not hope that they could miss out through injury".

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This was the 14th Champions League meeting between these two and despite the impression of Barcelona dominance, Chelsea came into it unbeaten in the last eight fixtures.

A majestic solo dribble shredded Chelsea's defence before Messi played in Dembele for the second and the Argentine maestro killed the tie off when he smashed a third through the legs of Courtois again in the second half.

Willian and Eden Hazard both drew saves from goalie Marc-Andre ter Stegen and defender Samuel Umtiti before Marcos Alonso then sent a free kick off the post in injury time. I like to compare him with Andrea Pirlo (who played under Conte for Juventus and Italy).

"This was a tough match and we were strong as a team".

He beat Courtois again in the second half to become the second player after Cristiano Ronaldo to score a century of goals in Europe's top worldwide club tournament.

For Chelsea to have a chance of making it past Barcelona they must produce a ideal game just as Willian said in his pre-match conference.

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