Chelsea Face Trip to Barcelona in Champions League Last 16

  • Chelsea Face Trip to Barcelona in Champions League Last 16

Chelsea Face Trip to Barcelona in Champions League Last 16

Chelsea cruised by Huddersfield after suffering a shock defeat to West Ham in their last Premier League outing. "At the end we lost the game".

Conte has explained that tiredness is becoming a real issue with his team due to the packed schedule that accommodates domestic commitments as well as the Champions League.

Conte did, however, have plenty of positive things to say about Chelsea's performance.

Bakayoko could and should have scored seconds earlier but his header from a Willian free-kick went inches wide of the home side's goal.

Although Chelsea's results have been inconsistent, while City have won 14 successive league games to establish a dominant cushion, Willian believes the Blues will continue to push hard to defend their crown.

A long-range effort by Mathias Zanka on 63 minutes was the closet in the game the home side had to an effort on the Chelsea goal, but the stinger sailed helplessly over Thibaut Courtois's crossbar.

"I have decided on this solution and this is not the first time with these players", he told BT Sport. It's very important for me, the players, for all of us. He is a young player, a good guy with great potential.

Chelsea suffered a blow before the game after top scorer Alvaro Morata was ruled out with a back injury, and the first half was a tense affair, with very little in it for the first 20 minutes besides Pedro's disallowed goal in the first five minutes.

"Our priority is the league and to stay up and fight for the Champions League place - at this moment".

Chelsea were hopeful of upsetting the odds heading into their quarter-final, second-leg trip to the Camp Nou after the Blues came away from the first leg at Stamford Bridge with a 3-1 victory over Louis van Gaal's men.

United are second in the Premier League but are a whopping 11 points behind City and know despite the heavyweight teams left in the competition, the Champions League is probably a more realistic chance of silverware.