Published: Thu, March 15, 2018
Sport | By Wendy Sparks

Antonio Conte faces judgement day as Chelsea travel to Barcelona

Antonio Conte faces judgement day as Chelsea travel to Barcelona

The teams meet Wednesday in the second leg of their round-of-16 matchup in the Champions League, with Barcelona carrying a slight edge after earning a 1-1 draw in the first match in London.

He continued: "We must show great patience with him because he is very important for what he can offer us now and in the future". Barca were dominant and, after 35 minutes, Chelsea's resolve finally cracked as Sergio Busquets opened the scoring.

Chelsea have lost all of their five last away games in all competitions and a tie against Barcelona at Nou Camp would be a tough and too much for the struggling Blues. However, David Luiz and Ross Barkley are still out injured and will not be able to play in this game.

Barcelona are optimistic for an action pact 90 minutes as two of their key players have returned for tonight's Champions League clash with Chelsea.

It buoys Chelsea supporters in times of trouble, and rightly so.

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"When I speak about "suffer", I think every team must be prepared to suffer possession, because Barcelona like to try to dominate the game".

Antonio Conte has used the Spanish forward sparingly in recent months following his lack of confidence and goals. "We did this, but we made a mistake and paid heavily for it".

"At this time we were strong".

Now, with Philippe Coutinho (who is cup-tied for this game) and Ousmane Dembele available for selection, it raises a question as to whether the Barcelona coach can afford to mix things up tactically and push for a more attacking brand of play.

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"You want to know if you are good enough to stop that kind of player".

Hazard, who won the Ligue 1 and Coupe de France double in 2011 with Lille, joined Chelsea after their 2012 Champions League triumph, winning the Europa League the following season.

"They gave everything. We have to continue this in this way, with this will to fight, with this desire to play together".

Once more, after his frustrations at Juventus, the Champions League has eluded him and that will hurt.

Barcelona, on the other hand, are flying at the top of La Liga, thanks to a 1-0 victory over closest challengers Atletico Madrid two weeks ago.

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