Antonio Conte has told his players that they must be prepared to 'suffer' if they're to progress past Barcelona into the quarter finals of the Champions League on Wednesday. 

By 90Min
March 12, 2018

Antonio Conte has told his players that they must be prepared to 'suffer' if they're to progress past Barcelona into the quarter finals of the Champions League on Wednesday. 

Ernesto Valverde's men take a slim advantage back to the Camp Nou, having scored an away goal in their 1-1 draw at Stamford Bridge in the first leg, but the Catalans will be on guard after Willian cracked the post against them twice in west London. 

Having cruised through most of Saturday's 2-1 win over Crystal Palace - only for the introduction of Wilfried Zaha to help the south Londoners give Conte and co a massive scare late on - the Blues should be reasonably well-rested for Wednesday's game. 

Speaking ahead of the game, Conte said: “We must be prepared to suffer in this type of game. Because when you play against this type of team, one of the best teams in the world, you must be prepared to suffer. It won’t be easy. But we have to try. We have to try the best solution to face this game.”

Comparing his side to Juventus, who progressed to the last eight at Wembley on Wednesday night having also trailed on away goals after the first leg, Conte admitted: “For sure, Juventus showed great resilience, they suffered a lot, and in the right mind they killed Tottenham.

“But don’t ­forget you are talking about a team with many players with great experience, many players who won the Champions League in this Juventus team. We don’t have this.”

Chelsea will face a Barcelona side who have been held to draws in four of their last nine games in all competitions, although La Blaugrana come into the clash off the back of an impressive win against Atletico Madrid and a comfortable dismissal of a dreadful Malaga team on Saturday night. 

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