Antonio Conte: We were 'very close to the ideal game'

by Leon Thompson February 22, 2018, 0:34
Antonio Conte: We were 'very close to the ideal game'

Before this tie, Chelsea coach Antonio Conte claimed his side would need a "perfect game" if they were to progress, and Christensen will be all too aware that his mistake was the difference.

It was a big night for the Barcelona superstar and his fans, as he finally broke through and scored against the London club during the Champions League.

However, Messi had the final word when he capitalised on a rare Chelsea defensive error to bag his first goal against the west Londoners at the ninth attempt and secure a 1-1 draw. With Andrés Iniesta, Luis Suárez and Lionel Messi lurking, it was inadvisable to say the least. "In Barcelona we must be prepared to suffer together, but at the same time when we suffer we must continue to try and get the chances to score".

"Something has seeped into the players because when you reel off the names of the teams that have beaten Chelsea, with no disrespect, Chelsea should have beaten them".

Blues boss Antonio Conte was delighted with the performance but disappointed his side could only draw - Willian was unlucky to hit the post twice and Barca barely created any chances.

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The away goal could make it very hard for Antonio Conte's team to progress, as the Catalan giants are formidable opponents on home soil.

Former Barcelona midfielder Cesc Fabregas said: "We have to go there to attack and score because 90 minutes defending at the Nou Camp is an eternity, a suicide mission". "If we go with the same mentality as we did against Atletico, we can go there with great spirit and win the game".

"And not 1-0 but, like happens in Spain, 4-0, 5-0, 6-0".

"It won't be easy, we must be realistic because we are talking about Barcelona, and they showed they are a fantastic, strong team tonight". "Against Manchester City it will be like the game against Barcelona: they like to have the ball".

Ferdinand, in particular, made an interesting point about Messi, saying that one of the reason's for the 32-year-old's brilliance is that he plays the game as if he's seeing everything in slow-motion. Competing for a corner is something we've done thousands of times and to see those consequences for a top professional like Ryan is heartbreaking.

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