ANTONIO CONTE insists the name of the game to beating Barcelona will NOT be through looking to focus all their interest on Lionel Messi.
Chelsea sailed through to the FA Cup area-finals on Friday nighttime with a cozy 4-0 win over Hull.
Conte become capable of relaxation superstar players together with Eden Hazard and N’Golo Kante for the in shape meaning they would be clean for the first leg towards Barcelona on Tuesday (7.45pm).
Fellow Premier League facets Liverpool, Manchester City and Tottenham all picked up splendid results in their first respective first leg ties and the pressure is on Chelsea to do the identical.
But they arguably face the toughest draw out of all the English sides with Barcelona sitting top of La Liga.
If Chelsea harbour any hopes of progressing to the following degree it will be imperative they pick up a high-quality at domestic inside the first leg.
Messi has distinctly in no way scored in opposition to the Stamford Bridge outfit via his profession in spite of gambling them 8 instances.
However, Conte insists his side will now not be setting their sole interest on stopping the Argentina global breaking his duck towards Chelsea.
“I desire that we preserve this culture however we are talking about a great participant,” Conte stated.
We need to have first-rate recognize but at the identical time we must be excited to play this kind of recreation and take on this form of challenge,” Conte instructed journalists.
“It won’t be smooth because we realize thoroughly this player. We are speakme approximately one of the high-quality gamers inside the global. But we for sure will work together, paintings with the crew, however no longer just to try to prevent him: if we attention on simply guy-marking Messi, it may be very dangerous.
“We were analysing this team for a long term; we started one month in the past and analysed this crew. We are talking about one of the first-class teams in the international. We need to try to have the proper recreation and to attempt to make the exceptional choices also for this type of team.
“This is a different opponent. They have a superb characteristic with the ball, but they could have a weakness with out the ball and we have to attempt to take advantage of this.”