Conte warns his players Barca will dominate possession

Conte warns his players Barca will dominate possession

Messi opened the scoring by nutmegging Blues goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois in the third minute at Camp Nou, later driving another finish through the Belgium international's legs to wrap up a 3-0 win.

"In the first leg we played a really good game — nearly a ideal game — against a team I consider one of the best in the world", Conte said. Chants of "Antonio, Antonio" still reverberated around Stamford Bridge while it was the board's perceived failure to back the manager that was blamed for the Blues' title defence faltering.

Both sides meet for their second leg encounter at the Camp Nou on Wednesday, March 14, in a must win encounter for the two sides.

"In the first leg, we played a really good game and it was nearly flawless".

81 - Messi's opener against Chelsea came with his right foot, but the vast majority of his 100 Champions League goals - 81 of them - have been with his stronger left. Barcelona's Ernesto Valverde on the other hand believes that they can not underrate Chelsea, thus, they need tactical master plan to qualify for quarterfinal. We have to improve and, when you lose, you have to train and get better.

Conte said: "You must be excited to play this kind of game at the Nou Camp".

Whilst there have been many iconic moments in the Champions League meetings between Barcelona and Chelsea the greatest is surely Ronaldinho's impudent punt in a 4-2 defeat for the Catalan giants 13 years ago. With Barcelona now having an away goal to the good, Chelsea will just have to score, if they want to harbor any hopes of qualifying for the next round of the competition. Not so, however, that they remain the only team in Europe - and Messi the only player - who do things like this on a regular basis.

While talking to Chelsea's official website, he stated, "Playing against Barcelona is never easy".

"They have to be compact and when you have the ball you have to have the feeling in your heart to create the chance to score". "We have a very important game, too important to deviate to other topics". It is down to the player.

The Spanish League campaigners' have been tagged favourites to go through to the next stage of the competition owing to their away goal in London in the first leg of the two-legged fixture. Rudiger's inclusion means Gary Cahill is again a substitute.