Published: Mon, March 12, 2018
Sports | By Spencer Underwood

Conte explains what it will take to beat Barcelona

Conte explains what it will take to beat Barcelona

"I think we played a really great game, nearly the flawless game if we didn't concede the goal at the last".

His deflected shot opened the scoring and it was the Brazilian's clever dummy that created the second, an own goal by Martin Kelly.

"For me, it's always a pleasure to see him and have a chat with him".

"He used to say it was easy to play because he was a centre back and he just used to get the ball and give it to Di Stefano, Gento, Puskas". He's working very hard and he's helping the team.

"I think they've got qualities as footballers as well and they've got to believe in themselves as much as I and my coaching staff believe in them". In my heart, I hope to see him at this level, continuing these performances. "Sometimes it is important also to share the responsibility with the players that you have to prepare for this type of game", he said.

The only gripe Conte had was his side were too open after going in search of the third goal, which eventually led to the injury-time goal for Palace through Patrick van Aanholt. "So we have to work as a team and try to be ready, to suffer in the moment, but also know we have the chance to go to score".

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The tie is poised at 1-1 and Conte said: "Don't forget you are talking about a team with many players that won the Champions League in this Juventus team".

"The game for sure will be totally different [to Crystal Palace] and we are playing against one of the best teams in the world".

Antonio Conte intends to consult his players over how best to overcome Barcelona on Wednesday, a move which should allow Eden Hazard to argue against his deployment as a false No 9, as he seeks to "share responsibility" before the game at the Camp Nou.

And Barca manager Ernesto Valverde admitted as much after their 2-0 LaLiga win over 10-man bottom-side Malaga on Saturday, with Lionel Messi omitted after welcoming his third child. We might have to score two to go through and I think we probably will have to score two to go through.

"We will have to suffer to progress past Chelsea".

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