Chelsea must be prepared to “suffer” in Barcelona on Wednesday if they are to have any possibilities of progressing to the Champions League quarter-finals, boss Antonio Conte has stated in media.
Barcelona has scored a 75th-minute equalizer by Lionel Messi to cancel out midfielder William’s second-half goal in the first leg come to the blows between the teams at Stamford Bridge last month.
Conte stated that his team could face a more intimidating task against the five-time European champions at the Nou Camp.
Conte told the clubs website that, “We must be very good but when you play against this type of team, which I think is one of the best in the world, you must be prepared to suffer, in the same way, we did in the first leg, where we were almost perfect.”
He further stated that “This is not a (Chelsea) team with great experience; we have a lot of players who are playing their first or second season in the Champions League.
“But we have to work as a team and try to be ready to suffer the moments we have to suffer, and in every moment we have to know that we can have a chance to score.”
Barcelona conquered possession in the first leg but Conte’s side was ill-fated not to end with a victory after Willian was twice denied by the woodwork before halftime.
The 48-year-old concluded, “Given our opponents’ ability to dominate possession, especially on home soil, we will also need to show plenty of patience and concentration in waiting for our opportunities and making the most of them when they arrive.”