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Chelsea vs Barcelona: Conte speaks ahead of clash

Chelsea vs Barcelona: Conte speaks ahead of clash

Age and the passage of time has done little to diminish the threat posed by Andres Iniesta and as the 33-year old midfielder leads Barcelona to Chelsea for Tuesday's Champions League Round of 16 first leg encounter, former teammate Cesc Fabregas insists he's still wary of the old fox.

Antonio Conte believes Barcelona are vulnerable when they do not have possession of the ball and will try to exploit that frailty when Chelsea take on the Catalans in the Champions League.

"On one hand you know this team are one of the best in the world - maybe they are favorites' to win this competition", Conte told reporters. We have to try to have the flawless game and to try to make the best decisions also for this type of team.

"This is a different opponent", Conte added. "They have fantastic characteristics with the ball, but they can have weaknesses without the ball and we have to try and exploit this". Another thing Conte's men can take pride from is the fact that Lionel Messi has failed to score against them during any of the previous eight encounters he's taken part in; this is the Argentine maestro's worst record against any single club in football.

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Barcelona have two draws and two wins in their last four games, although in those four the half-time result has been a draw. The league looks wrapped up, while they're also through to the Copa del Rey final, where they face Sevilla in April.


"On the other hand, we must be excited because we have a great opportunity to play a massive game against a really strong team and to show which is our level. He played very well and I'm very happy". "We have to try to have the flawless game and to try to make the best decisions for this type of team", the Italian said in his pre-match press conference earlier.

'But we for sure will work together, work with the team, but not just to try to stop him.

Conte remains adamant he can depend on his players' attitude, despite the continued unrest over his long-term Stamford Bridge future. If we focus on just man-marking Messi, it can be very risky'.


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