BARCELONA V CHELSEA

Chelsea will “have to suffer” in the second leg of their Champions League last-16 tie against Barcelona, says Blues manager Antonio Conte.

Lionel Messi’s equaliser cancelled out Willian’s opener in the first leg at Stamford Bridge.

“For the manager, for every coach, it is not simple to sleep a lot, especially before these types of games,” said Conte.

“I hope my players also have the same excitement [as me]”.

Chelsea will hope to take inspiration from their 2-2 semi-final draw at the Nou Camp in 2012, giving them a 3-2 victory on aggregate.

That year, under Roberto di Matteo, Chelsea went on to win the trophy, beating Bayern Munich on penalties in the final.

Conte said: “You must be excited to play this kind of game at the Nou Camp. A lot of my players have never played in this stadium and we want to try to do our best.

“In the first leg, we played a really good game and it was almost perfect. That was against a team that I consider one of the best in the world.

“But when we made a mistake, we paid for it. The final result of that games gives a great advantage to Barcelona.

“We know very well the philosophy of Barcelona. For sure they want to dominate and play their football, to score and to win the game, and we have to try to do our best.

“We have to concentrate, to stay with your head on the pitch in every moment and to know that there are moments we have to suffer. Not only Chelsea, but every team who plays Barcelona has to suffer.

“They have to be compact and when you have the ball you have to have the feeling in your heart to create the chance to score.”MIAMITIGHT.COM

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