March 18, 2018

Chelsea of old wouldn't fear Barcelona star Messi - Gallas

15 March 2018, 01:49 | Sandy Nunez

GETTY Chelsea boss Antonio Conte has been backed to play Alvaro Morata at Barcelona

Antonio Conte

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

After Chelsea continued to threaten, Messi took the wind out of its sails with a mirror-image goal to his opener.

Blues head coach Conte left the Nou Camp pitch after Wednesday night's 3-0 loss, featuring two goals from Messi, with his arm around the Argentina playmaker.

Barcelona entered the second leg of their last-16 series with a slight, away goals advantage after Lionel Messi's heroics in the first leg at Stamford Bridge.

"This type of game it's right to face the best players".

Although this nearly worked in the first leg against Barcelona, it didn't against the United clubs and most recently failed against City where Chelsea failed to make any significant impact that led to Eden Hazard questioning Conte's tactics.

The hosts rumbled straight into their familiar passing rhythm, pushing and shifting Chelsea whichever way they desired from kick-off, and the breakthrough came after a mere 128 seconds.

"In this game, when we have the ball we have to be more clinical".

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As things stand, a Champions League title could be the only hope for Antonio Conte to see his team return to the top table of European football next season.

"I don't think we deserve to be out, but individual mistakes cost us in both legs", the Belgium global told BT Sport.

"There may be times that we suffer, but we have to stay compact and when you have the ball you must have the belief in your head and heart that you can score", Conte said Tuesday. I played against him again with Arsenal but he was not playing in my area, so that's why I didn't have the opportunity to mark him.

"You want to know if you are good enough to stop that kind of player".

At two minutes and eight seconds, it was the quickest goal of Messi's career for club and country, according to Opta, and the 99th of his Champions League career. At the end, I must be pleased for the commitment of my players. He scored three goals.

The Spaniard is also goalless in the Champions League despite making six appearances, though he did suffer from a back injury in early February. If you score (to make it) 2-1 you can put a bit of pressure on Barcelona.

Barcelona have not lost a game in La Liga this season, running through the competition.

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