Chelsea Starting XI Prediction vs Barcelona (Champions League)

Messi and Iniesta

We did all we could to score another goal but Fernando [Torres] scored the second on the counter-attack and eliminated us.

Well, we say very good chance, but Gazzetta dello Sport have it at 30%, which is the highest they give anyone, putting on the same level as Roberto Mancini.

Chelsea manager Antonio Conte.

No team in La Liga or Europe's elite club competition has got the better of Ernesto Valverde's side this season - their only loss came in a King's Cup first leg against Espanyol - and Conte acknowledged his side would be in for a long night.

Barcelona legend Carles Puyol fears that The Blues could dump the Catalonian's out of the Champions League once again like they did back in 2012. We can't afford to make any mistakes with our final pass and we have to be decisive in front of goal by shooting or doing what we want to do. "If they score we could be really suffering for that", he said. The match is tied 1-1 with Barcelona holding the way goal advantage.

Costa posted a picture of Chelsea's line-up graphic on his Instagram page, but notably he had scrubbed out Conte's name from the image.

"I'm happy with my form and I am happy with the goals that I scored", the 29-year-old added.

"Without the ball we have to stay compact like we did at Stamford Bridge, we have to do the same job".

Because although his side has only let in two in the Champions League in 2017-18, there will be more tough tests ahead in the latter stages, starting against Chelsea on Tuesday - and a few more goals would not go amiss.

The sides are locked level after the first leg at Stamford Bridge, which finished 1-1, and they will be doing their utmost to ensure their place in the quarter-finals.

Three months ago, when the draw for this phase of the competition was made, there was an immediate sense that the game would be balanced on a knife-edge going into the second leg.

For Chelsea to have a chance of making it past Barcelona they must produce a flawless game just as Willian said in his pre-match conference.

"If we concede easy goals and miss chances, then it is very hard against this team".

The former Shakhtar Donetsk player said they (Chelsea) have some level for Barcelona players, but are resolute to getting the job done before returning to England after the match.



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