Antonio Conte: ‘This is how Chelsea will defeat Barcelona’

The Italian admitted his coaching staff have been preparing to counter the threat of the Spanish side for over a month and hopes they can keep Lionel Messi goalless, which would make it nine matches where the little Argentine has failed to score against Chelsea.

“We have been analysing this team for a long time; we started one month ago and analysed this team,” Conte said.

“We are speaking about one of the best teams in the world. We have to try to have the perfect game and to try to make the best decisions also for this type of team.

“This is a different opponent. They have a fantastic characteristic with the ball, but they can have a weakness without the ball and we must try to exploit this.

“I hope that we maintain this tradition but we are speaking about a fantastic player.

“We must have great respect but at the same time we must be excited to play this type of game and take on this type of challenge.

“It won’t be easy because we know very well this player. We are talking about one of the best players in the world.

“But we for sure will work together, work with the team, but not just to try to stop him: if we focus on just man-marking Messi, it can be very dangerous.”

Having been on a poor run of form, Chelsea followed up their convincing win over West Brom with a 4-0 hammering of Hull City on Friday night.

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