Conte: Chelsea must be 'perfect' against Barcelona

The Brazilian had an outstanding night constantly threatening the Barcelona goal. Willian hit the post a few times and, in the second half with the game under control, their goal came.

"You have to have a lot of personality to play against this team which has 70 percent of the ball".

And Fabregas feels Chelsea will have no hope of progression if they go to Camp Nou and attempt to sit back for the entire match.

Yet Conte will expect the players to follow the prescribed gameplan in Catalonia. David Alaba's effort was blocked, then Mats Hummels headed straight at goalkeeper Fabri after a brilliant cross from James Rodriguez.

"His performance was a great performance, an incredible performance", Conte said. It prevented Barcelona from slipping to only its second loss in all competitions since August. "We will go there to try to win".

Barcelona were handed a lifeline when Andreas Christensen, typically so composed on the ball, passed a wayward ball across the box and it was intercepted by Andreas Iniesta.

"I wanted to see a bit more physicality and see Chelsea get after Barca". In our line of work, we always have a bag packed. Defensively he blocked Willian off early on and was penalised, but improved after that.

The much-awaited European classic between Chelsea and FC Barcelona lived up to its hype and produced an enthralling encounter.

"Barcelona had more possession but they did not create more dangerous chances to score".

"Barcelona is the favourite, especially in their stadium. You beat them on your patch, and I just thought they missed a trick last night".

"What a joke of a question, Cahill has been tragic lately and Christensen has been amazing all year", added a third. Luis Suarez has his moments, too, but he's often chasing dead ends while waiting for Messi to wave his wand and conjure up a chance. Although Messi's striker got Barcelona level pegging against Chelsea, Valverde said his side's advantage of having a crucial away goal is not definitive. In these kind of games you have to be intelligent and look for the best solution. Eventually Iniesta found him in space and Messi mercilessly slotted the ball past Thibaut Courtois.

No other player in the world can cover the yards as efficiently and as tirelessly as Kante, and he was undoubtedly the best central midfielder on the park at Stamford Bridge, despite their being six to choose from.

The second tie will be played at the Nou Camp on March 14.

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