Chelsea manager Antonio Conte has urged his players to produce their best in Wednesday’s second leg Champions League last 16 tie against Barcelona.
The Premier League champions travel to the Camp Nou having drawn the first encounter 1-1 after a late Lionel Messi strike cancelled out Willian’s initial opener, leaving the clash wide open.
With fellow Premier League outfit Manchester United crashing out to La Liga opposition Sevilla on Tuesday night, Conte still believes his side have what it takes to progress to the quarter-final stage.
However, the Italian was quick to mention if they are to stand a chance they will need to be at their very best, something they have failed to do at times this season.
“I think in the first leg we played well,” he said. “When you play against Barcelona, a team that I consider one of the best in the world, if you want to win the game, you have to play a perfect game. In the first leg we did this and when we made a mistake we paid a lot.”
Chelsea are yet to record a Champions League win over Barcelona at the Camp Nou and Conte hopes his players can rise to the occasion.
“It’s a fantastic stadium with a big pitch,” said the Italian. “I think that every single player must be excited playing this type of game. A lot of my players have never played in this stadium. This is the first time and we want to do our best.
“The final result of the first leg gives a great advantage to Barcelona. But we know their philosophy. They want to play their football, try to score and try to win the game.
“We must play with concentration in every moment of the game. Moments when we have to suffer, not just Chelsea, every team that plays against Barcelona.”
Barca will be looking to become the third La Liga side in the Champions League quarter-final draw on Friday, having seen Real Madrid overcome Paris Saint Germain and Sevilla, as previously mentioned, beat Man United.
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