Chelsea coach Antonio Conte has charged his players to play the “perfect game” so as to overcome strong contenders, Barcelona in Tuesday’s first leg UEFA Champions League round of 16 clash in London.
The English champions recovered from a poor run of games to beat West Brom in the league and Hull City in the FA Cup this past week but the Italian believes his team has to do more when they face the Spanish giants.
“On one hand you know this team is one of the best in the world – maybe they are favourites to win this competition,” Conte told British media.
“On the other hand, we must be excited because we have a great opportunity to play a massive game against a really strong team and to show which is our level.
“… We have to try to have the perfect game, the perfect game to try to make the best decisions for this type of team.
“They have fantastic characteristics with the ball. But they can have weaknesses without the ball and we have to try and exploit this.”
Barcelona’s star forward Lionel Messi has never scored in eight matches against Chelsea and Conte is eager for his team to maintain that record.
Chelsea last defeated the Spanish side in 2012 as the Blues went on to clinch their first and only Champions League title.