Would Do You Think: Can Chelsea Beat Barca in Spain

Antonio Conte delivered a brilliant tactical masterclass against Barcelona in the first leg

Antonio Conte delivered a brilliant tactical masterclass against Barcelona in the first leg

Chelsea's performance against Barcelona may have added to that list of admirers.

"One error, one goal". As a team we're satisfied with this match and excited to go there.

Messi struck for the first time in nine games against Chelsea 15 minutes from the end, as Andres Iniesta punished the English champions once more when he intercepted Andreas Christensen's slack pass across his own box to tee up the five-time World Player of the Year. It is a pity and we are disappointed with the final result.

Speaking after the game Conte said he was proud of his players as they were just a little unlucky. We are talking about Barcelona.

"I hope to see this type of performance for a long time - against Hull he played a fantastic game, tonight he played a fantastic game".

"We paid dearly for one mistake because we were very close to playing the ideal game", said Conte, whose side now faces daunting Premier League matches at both Manchester clubs.

It proved to be a shrewd choice with Chelsea's front three of Hazard, Pedro and Willian all having superb games, with the latter hitting the post twice before opening the scoring. They followed the plan that we prepared.

That second leg will come 11 days after Chelsea travel to the Etihad Stadium to play Manchester City, which will be the best practice possible for Barcelona away. "He's only 21. It's great that he's able to play this game with this maturity, this personality".

"I think in the second leg, we have to play our game against Barcelona. I'm very pleased with his performance".

Chelsea and Barcelona drew the first leg with the scoreline of 1-1. "Now they are obliged to go looking for a goal at the Nou Camp and we'll have more space".

"But we also showed we are ready to work really hard in defence and have the right feeling when we get the ball to create the chances to score".

Chelsea boss Antonio Conte has revealed the reason why he did not start Morata with the good old 3-5-2 setup.

"We have to defend well, we will try to keep Messi as far away as we can from the goal, and then I believe we have the level to go forward and to score and to make them doubt", Courtois said.

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