Chelsea boss Conte: We need ideal game against Barcelona


"We wish Chelsea had finished first in their group so we didn't have to play them", added Valverde on the eve of Tuesday's mouthwatering first leg clash at Stamford Bridge.

"We have studied the opponent very well and now we have to try to play and do what we know".

"It's good to be compared with the greatest ever, Messi and Ronaldo", Hazard said in a press conference on Monday, according to Sport.

But, the fans have also pointed out that Barcelona player Lionel Messi has not yet scored against Chelsea in five games.

"After the FA Cup game, it was a bit hard to sleep well, because when you have to play this type of game, you have to prepare everything: the big things, and the details", said Conte, who has been under mounting pressure this season.

Here are all the key details ahead of the big game. They have the same qualities they had previous year. It has been nearly five years since the striker last faced Chelsea and with 20 goals to his name already this season, he will be looking to add to his tally. "I'm happy where I am". "I think we start this game as underdogs, for sure, because Barcelona - on paper - are favourites to go into the next round".

On the other hand, Chelsea enter this game trying to forge an early lead to reach Camp Nou in a comfortable situation.

"First, I see the game tomorrow", he said.

"Any moment is bad to play Chelsea".

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BARCELONA coach Ernesto Valverde is hopeful Andres Iniesta will stay at Barcelona following reports his captain has offers on the table to move to China at the end of the season.

Hazard remains positive that Chelsea can finish the season positively under Conte's guidance.

Not since 2008 has a Premier League player won the Ballon d'Or and it's unlikely that's going to change anytime soon.

Valverde insists his opposite number has proved in several jobs throughout his career, that he is one of the best managers around.

The Spaniard told Radio Marca when asked about Manchester City: "They have been eliminated from the FA Cup, but what they have done in the Premier League is not normal". His teams are very well-worked tactically, they know what to do in every moment of the game.

"He feels he is a leader on and off the pitch and the whole team plays around him".

"Top of Conte's wish list will be to ensure Lionel Messi's goal drought against the Blues continues".

"If you want to compete at the maximum level, you have to live with this pressure".