Conte says he expects Chelsea to 'suffer' against Barcelona


Chelsea will look to upset the odds when they travel to the Nou Camp to take on Barcelona for a spot in the Champions League quarter-finals on Wednesday night.

"To see him moving to another side, given all that, is very hard".

Chelsea, however, enjoyed success at Stamford Bridge with a dogmatic approach, when only Messi's equaliser spoilt what was otherwise a controlled Blues performance.

Chelsea travel to Nou camp with the hope of securing a win, although Barcelona have an edge after Lionel Messi equalized at Stamford Bridge in the first leg. However, David Luiz and Ross Barkley are still out injured and will not be able to play in this game.

While talking to Chelsea's official website, he stated, "Playing against Barcelona is never easy". Chelsea hit the woodwork twice, but were their own worst enemies in defence. It's impressive what he's doing every year at an exceptionally high level, breaking records, getting better and better in more aspects of his game.

It was nearly a tactical masterclass from Antonio Conte in the first leg, but one lapse of concentration from Andreas Christensen undid all their hard work.

"He is a possible starter for our match (at the Camp Nou) and he is showing a lot of focus and is fighting for his place". "And a midfielder that thinks, to stay always in the centre of Barcelona's play".

"We know they have top players and we cannot give them one metre because they can create and score".

All heads are turned to Catalonia Capital in Barcelona, as Spanish giants Barcelona are welcoming English Champs Chelsea for second leg of Uefa Champions League showpiece tonight. If you score (to make it) 2-1 you can put a bit of pressure on Barcelona.

Against Malaga at the weekend and without an about-to-become-a-father-for-the-third-time Lionel Messi, Valverde played his team in a 4-3-3.

But for Ross Barkley and Tiemoue Bakayoko, neither of whom were likely to be starters, Antonio Conte has a full squad to choose from. "In fact he will be more motivated than what we are used to and physically he is going to be great, after having an extra game's rest".

His form, however, has dipped as the season has progressed and h'es been unable to find the back of the net in all competitions since the Boxing Day Premier League fixture against Brighton.