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Conte warns his players Barca will dominate possession

Messi and Iniesta GETTY Barcelona star Lionel Messi scored his first ever goal against Chelsea in the first leg
Rita Gibson | 15 March, 2018, 01:48

Chelsea were unfortunate to go down 3-0 to Barcelona in the second leg of their Champions League last-16 tie at the Nou Camp on Wednesday, according to the club's former midfielder Steve Sidwell.

That's despite a magnificent game from N'Golo Kante, who clearly established that he belongs among the very best. It was Messi's first goal against the Blues.

Barcelona will hand a late fitness test to Andres Iniesta, who is nursing a hamstring injury, before the Nou Camp showdown against Chelsea.

The first leg at the Stamford Bridge in London saw Barcelona get a vital away goal through Lionel Messi after Willian had handed Chelsea a lead in the second half. When I played for Arsenal, I was a centre back and he was right winger.

But despite many believing Messi to be the finest footballer to have ever played the game, he is actually the second man to reach 100 Champions League goals. Chelsea hit the woodwork twice, but were their own worst enemies in defence. They are moments that we have to suffer.

With Chelsea adrift of the Champions League qualification places in the Premier League, defeat to Leicester in Sunday's FA Cup quarter-final and then to Tottenham on April 1 could result in a premature departure for Conte, whose position has been the subject of speculation all season.

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"But when we made a mistake, we paid for it. For Barcelona, the advantage they have is that with the 1-1 draw they will go through with a 0-0".

"That's a pity. We could have played on for three hours, and I [still] wouldn't touch a ball".

Hazard's best displays throughout his Chelsea career have come when playing off a focal point, most notably in two Premier League title winning seasons alongside Diego Costa.

Can you see Neymar returning to Barcelona at any stage?

Conte says he is aware that his players will be pushed to their limits: "We know very well the philosophy of Barcelona".

Chelsea defender Antonio Rudiger is available again after missing last Saturday's win over Crystal Palace, while the Blues have no other injury worries. He has also scored eight goals in eight Champions League games against AC Milan, while seven in three appearances against Bayer Leverkusen is highly impressive too.

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