Conte prepared to 'suffer' to create a way past Barcelona

Barcelona captain Andres Iniesta is fit to face Chelsea in their Champions League last 16 tie

Barcelona captain Andres Iniesta is fit to face Chelsea in their Champions League last 16 tie

The fact that the continuity of Antonio Conte is in doubt due to Chelsea's bad performance in the Premier League has left David Luiz rethinking his future, after he has already missed nine rounds of the Premier League due to new discomfort in his knee since February 5.

The round of 16 tie is finely poised after a 1-1 draw between the two sides in the first leg at Stamford Bridge, where Lionel Messi's strike following a loose pass from defender Andreas Christensen cancelled out Willian's long range opener.

"The teams ahead of us are going with a great velocity and it is important for us to not drop points in games, and in the future exploit the games we have at home. We are playing against one of the best teams in the world so we must pay great attention, having the same focus, the same attention as the first leg against Barcelona". He didn't play a lot of games but, despite this, his commitment is incredible and he helped me a lot in the changing room. Palace looked far more alert with him leading the line and after conceding a late goal Chelsea finished the game hanging on rather than strolling. 'We played a game, a massive game against Parma when they were first and we were second. We showed against Barcelona here what kind of team we are, a good team that can compete against the top teams. "Do you want to know what happened? In this case I think he could have avoided the yellow card".

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Chelsea failed to muster an attempt on target against the runaway leaders, while Conte has suggested he was unhappy with Hazard's work-rate in a 2-1 defeat at Manchester United last month. "Morata is coming from a unusual injury in his back, he was a long time out. The introduction of Wilfried asked some questions and in the end we could have drawn the game". "If I'd started with Zaha and he'd broken down - after only one and a half training sessions - the question would have been very different".

"In every game I have to decide the starting XI and not the players, because the players are the players and the manager is the manager".

"With teams like Barcelona and Man City it is not easy to keep possession - there will be times when we need to defend and be compact", he said.

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