Antonio Conte has said that Chelsea ‘must be prepared to suffer’ at the hands of Lionel Messi ahead of the Champions League clash with FC Barcelona (via The Standard).
There have been some fantastic matches between Chelsea and FC Barcelona in recent years.
From Andres Iniesta’s last-minute winner at Stamford Bridge to Fernando Torres’ last-minute winner at Camp Nou, this tie has history.
The biggest test for Chelsea this evening will, of course, be the Barcelona frontline and Antonio Conte was asked how he plans to deal with Lionel Messi.
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“We are talking about the best player in the world,” Conte told reporters.
“Messi has the capacity to solve the situation and create a chance when you are not seeing the chance to score.
“This means that this player, we are talking about a fantastic player. We have to pay great attention, but not only to Messi. Suarez is a fantastic striker.
“The other team are very dangerous, so we have to work as a team to try and stop Barcelona: Messi, Suarez, Iniesta… the whole team of Barcelona.
“We have to work very hard. We have to know that, during the game, we must be prepared to suffer.
“But, at the same time, we must have the idea to go and score at any moment.”
It’s going to be a thrilling match. Chelsea and FC Barcelona have a score to settle and in a two-legged tie anything can happen. However, Chelsea’s hopes surely rest on how they can cope with players like Lionel Messi.