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Magical Messi finally makes his mark on Chelsea

Magical Messi finally makes his mark on Chelsea

The Belgium global is preparing for Chelsea's Champions League Round of 16 first-leg clash against Barcelona on Tuesday, 20 February.

And social media thinks that sitting back against a team filled with world class stars will not work out too well for the West London outfit.

"But we are the last champions of the Premier League, we deserve respect.We deserve to give it a go".

Barcelona are disappearing over the horizon at the top of La Liga but they have been vulnerable at the business end of the Champions League in recent years.

"It's hard to face them at any moment [and] Conte is one of best coaches in the world". Willian played really well against Hull [City in the FA Cup] and in the last three games we have scored eight times - seven with Willian, Pedro and Hazard.

"I'm happy with the goal but I'm a bit sad with the result", he said.

"We are talking about the best player in the world", he said when asked about a plan to cope with the Argentina ace.

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Despite Barcelona's winning streak, they have looked vulnerable at certain times and Conte would be looking to exploit their weaknesses. "We can compete, but have to play an excellent game".

"Barcelona's players will be thinking this tie is going to be very tough because Chelsea are still strong, still compact". We were solid and created chances as a team.

Speaking to BT Sport, Sutton said: "I think Eden Hazard is better suited to playing as a number 10 or off the left-hand side".

For that reason, I don't expect it to be easy for Barcelona at Stamford Bridge, but I believe Ernesto Valverde's team has what it takes, and I would go with a 1-2 Barça win. With this formation, there will be three centre-backs to defend the goal and Chelsea will have an extra midfielder in the area where Messi usually loves to play. The English style of football is very unique, very physical, but they play good football as well. Head coach Antonio Conte will be hoping that the Belgian worldwide could provide the necessary attacking spark as they look to dominate the visitors.

The difference between the two sides could easily be understood from the fact that this is Besiktas' first-ever appearance in the knockout stages of the Champions League, while Bayern are at this stage for the 14th time.

Conte is without trio Tiemone Bakayoko, David Luiz and Ross Barkley while the visitors will miss Philippe Coutinho and Nelson Semedo.


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