Chelsea must be ready to suffer at Barcelona: Conte

  • Chelsea must be ready to suffer at Barcelona: Conte

Chelsea must be ready to suffer at Barcelona: Conte

However, this isn't going to stop our midfield maestro from "doing everything possible" to ensure that Chelsea stop his previous club Barcelona (and his close friend), and progress through to the quarterfinals of the prestigious UEFA Champions League.

Today was the first time he trained with the rest of the squad, giving Barcelona hope he will be able to play this week at the Nou Camp.

The Premier League champions are scheduled to take on the Spanish league leaders in the second leg of their Round of 16 tie in Spain with the tie evenly poised after the 1-1 draw in the first leg at Stamford Bridge. Stopping him will be hard but I will do everything possible so that he feels uncomfortable and can't put together a flawless performance.

"I see him as a rival who wants to win, and I want the same thing".

The Blues are level at 1-1 following a tight first-leg, which saw a mistake from Andreas Christensen allow Lionel Messi to cancel out Willian's opener easily despite an otherwise sound performance from the Premier League champions. Always one to come alive with timely goals in European competition, he is having the best European campaign of his career.

"I did it with Arsenal and now with Chelsea, I've felt pretty good on both occasions".

"This is not a (Chelsea) team with great experience, we have a lot of players who are playing their first or second season in the Champions League".

"I don't think I'll get many chances due to the position I play, what [Antonio Conte] asks of me is different to others".

"As I said I am really motivated I want nobody to doubt that I want the best for my current club".