Conte desires ‘very best recreation’, whilst hoping Messi’s purpose drought continues
IMAGE: FC Barcelona’s Lionel Messi has no longer scored in eight makes an attempt towards Chelsea within the Champions League. : Fotopress/Getty Pictures
Chelsea will have to play the “very best recreation” to overcome an impressive Barcelona in Tuesday’s first leg of the Champions League final 16 tie, the executive of the Premier League membership Antonio Conte has mentioned.
The Premier League champions have recovered from a deficient run of shape, successful consecutive suits over West Bromwich Albion within the league and HullCity within the FA Cup, however Conte isn’t getting over excited.
“On one hand you understand this crew is among the highest on the planet — possibly they’re favourites to win this pageant,” Conte instructed British media.
“Alternatively we will have to be excited as a result of we have now an excellent chance to play a large recreation towards a truly robust crew and to turn which is our degree.
“… We’ve got to take a look at to have the very best recreation, the very best recreation to take a look at to make the most efficient selections. For this sort of crew… they’ve unbelievable traits with the ball. However they may be able to have weaknesses with out the ball and we have now to take a look at and exploit this.”
Barcelona’s celebrity ahead Lionel Messi hasn’t ever scored in 8 suits towards Chelsea and Conte is longing for his crew to deal with that file.
“I am hoping we deal with this custom however we’re talking about an incredible participant,” Conte mentioned forward of the last-16, first-leg Champions League recreation.
IMAGE: Chelsea’s under-fire supervisor Antonio Conte says his avid gamers ‘have an excellent chance to play a large recreation towards a truly robust crew’. : David Klein/Reuters
“An important factor is the prevailing.”
“We will have to have nice admire however on the identical time we will have to be excited to play this sort of recreation and tackle this sort of problem. It wont be simple as a result of we all know really well this participant, we’re speaking about one of the vital highest on the planet.”
Chelsea final defeated the Spanish facet in 2012 because the London outfit marched to their first Champions League identify, and midfielder Cesc Fabregas, who moved to StamfordBridge from Barcelona in 2014, is assured that Conte’s facet can repeat the feat.
“They are trying to position the primary power very, very prime – (they) all the time paintings against the ball,” Fabregas mentioned.
“If we will be able to (get) previous this primary section in their power, then we have now the content material to do this, and no longer put ourselves below an excessive amount of power, then I feel we will be able to harm them as a result of they’re going to depart numerous areas on the again.
“With a bit of luck we will be able to give a excellent symbol of what we will be able to do and do a excellent efficiency.”