Chelsea should play the “excellent recreation” to beat a formidable Barcelona in Tuesday’s first leg of the Champions League final 16 tie, the supervisor of the Premier League membership Antonio Conte has stated.
The Premier League champions have recovered from a poor run of kind, profitable consecutive matches over West Bromwich Albion within the league and Hull Metropolis within the FA Cup.
Nonetheless, Chelsea’s Italian coach isn’t getting carried away.
“On one hand you already know this workforce is among the finest on the planet – perhaps they’re favourites to win this competitors,” Conte advised British media.
“Alternatively we have to be excited as a result of we’ve an important alternative to play an enormous recreation in opposition to a extremely robust workforce and to indicate which is our stage.
“… Now we have to attempt to have the right recreation, the right recreation to attempt to make one of the best choices. For any such workforce.
“They’ve unbelievable traits with the ball. However they’ll have weaknesses with out the ball and we’ve to attempt to exploit this.”
Barcelona’s star ahead Lionel Messi has by no means scored in eight matches in opposition to Chelsea and Conte is raring for his workforce to keep up that file.
Chelsea final defeated the Spanish facet in 2012 because the London outfit marched to their first Champions League title.
Midfielder Cesc Fabregas, who moved to Stamford Bridge from Barcelona in 2014, is assured that Conte’s facet can repeat the feat.
“They attempt to put the primary stress very, very excessive – (they) at all times work in direction of the ball,” Fabregas stated.
“If we are able to (get) previous this primary section of their stress, then we’ve the content material to do this, and never put ourselves below an excessive amount of stress, then I feel we are able to damage them as a result of they’ll go away a whole lot of areas on the again.
“Hopefully we can provide a superb picture of what we are able to do and do a superb efficiency.”
Chelsea subsequent journey to second-placed Manchester United within the league on Sunday.