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Chelsea must be “prepared to suffer” in order to beat Barcelona insists Antonio Conte

Antonio Conte insists his Chelsea side must be “prepared to suffer” if they are to beat Barcelona in the second leg of their Champions League last-16 tie this week.


The Blues put on a brilliant display at their home ground, and were unlucky not to send the La Liga giants packing pointless had it not been for a fortunate Lionel Messi goal and the woodwork which denied Chelsea’s Willian twice in the first-half.

The draw extended Chelsea’s unbeaten run against the Catalans to eight games in all competitions, meaning the last time Barcelona conquered the South West Londonders was in February of 2006 when Samuel Eto’o hit a late winner in a 2-1 victory.

Antonio Conte will now look to keep that phenomenal form up when he visits Spain in mid-week, but the Italian knows progressing past the La Liga leaders with be no small feat.

“We play an important game, it won’t be easy, but we have to try to find the best solution to face this game.” said Conte.

Willian scored Chelsea’s goal in the 1-1 draw with Barca two weeks ago.

“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.

“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 I think we were almost perfect.

“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.”

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