Chelsea Needs To Be 120% To Beat Barcelona - Antonio Conte

Lawrence Cooper
December 13, 2017

Chelsea were paired with Barcelona in Monday's draw, with the first fixture to take place at Stamford Bridge on February 20.

The Blues were forced to play without Alvaro Morata due to injury but still managed to breeze past David Wagner's side.

ANTONIO CONTE IS confident his Chelsea players have the character to bounce back from their miserable defeat to West Ham when they face Huddersfield Town on Tuesday.

Conte may not be pleased to see his side miss out on a clean sheet, but this was a dominant showing from Chelsea, who looked a different team to the one that was beaten by West Ham United on Saturday.

Although Chelsea's results have been inconsistent, while City have won 14 successive league games to establish a dominant cushion, Willian believes the Blues will continue to push hard to defend their crown. "We are Chelsea, we are a big club -we have to fight".

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All three posed problems early on, but although Pedro did put the ball in the back of the net from an offside position after a Willian pass, they were kept at arm's length by a packed rearguard.

"We must be ready to play at home. They are in a good moment of form and we must be very good to be more clinical in this game, because in the recent period we weren't clinical".

Huddersfield recorded a much needed win last weekend as they turned over Brighton 2-0. "At the end we lost the game". It was a much-needed triumph for David Wagner's men after a hard period in which they had been overcome by Bournemouth (0-4), Manchester City (1-2), Arsenal (0-5) and Everton (0-2), with the Terriers climbing to 11th place in the standings. Sometimes I can be too honest, I like to speak to the players and fans.

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Chelsea is 11 points behind leader Manchester City, whose game in hand is against Swansea on Wednesday. David Luiz remains sidelined with a knee injury and will again play no part, but Danny Drinkwater is back in contention following a bout of illness.

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