Champions League: Chelsea vs Barcelona: Hazard compares himself with Messi


Champions League: Chelsea vs Barcelona: Hazard compares himself with Messi

Antonio Conte admits to having trouble sleeping ahead of Chelsea's blockbuster Champions League clash with Barcelona.

Eden Hazard: "He's probably Chelsea's best player, so we'll need to be fully prepared to try and stop him". We are the champions of England. "We are going to face Barca". He's got the classic Italian methods: very strong defensively and can counter at any moment. If Chelsea are to sell the player for a decent price and a suitable replacement is brought in then few Blues fans will complain. I hope to go through on this tie.

Changes to the system: "We're playing a little bit differently now". Looking through that team now - it's still hard to see a great weakness in the squad.

As unlikely as it sounds, Lionel Messi is still waiting to score his first goal against Chelsea after drawing a blank in eight previous Champions League matches.

The only issue, as far as we can see, is United's inability to win away from home at this stage.

The London club are unbeaten in their last seven Champions League games against Barcelona (won two, drawn five).

"You want to shine when you play the best in the world".

"It's good to be compared with the greatest ever, Messi and Ronaldo", Hazard said in a press conference on Monday, according to Sport.

Rudiger also mentioned about the quality of the opposition, but will do what he does best when it comes to closing down their attacks, he added, "My respect for them is good, but once the referee blows the whistle I will always try to win my games".

Antonio Conte, meanwhile, could give Olivier Giroud his European debut here - and he should - but Chelsea still have doubts about David Luiz and Tiemoue Bakayoko. You have to prepare everything.

"We have an idea; we have a plan in our heads".

"This tie is important for Leo, for me, for Barcelona", said Valverde. The other team are very unsafe, so we have to work as a team to try and stop Barcelona: Messi, Suarez, Iniesta. the whole team of Barcelona. He told the London Evening Standard: "We are speaking about one of the best teams in the world".

With Chelsea 19 points adrift of Premier League leaders Manchester City, the Champions League and FA Cup represent the Blues' only remaining chances of ending the season with some silverware.

"This is a different opponent". They have a fantastic characteristic with the ball.

Barcelona are 11/10 and the draw can be backed at 12/5.

Furthermore - and despite Chelsea being eager to match their Premier League compatriots success - Antonio Conte's team look under heavy pressure as they are nearly out of contention for the League crown, and there isn't much left for them this season. Chelsea might be the same.

"Chelsea have a unique style of football and know their own game".