Antonio Conte: Hazard must win more trophies to emulate Iniesta

Doug Mendoza
March 15, 2018

Barcelona will welcome Chelsea to the Camp Nou on Wednesday night as they look to book their place in the quarter-finals of the Champions League, but they will be without three key players, according to the club's official website.

Willian hit the post twice before scoring the first goal in the 1-1 draw in the first leg three weeks ago.

Prediction: Barcelona versus Chelsea at Camp Nou is a hard match to predict, notwithstanding the fact that Barcelona remain favourites in the game.

The first match between the sides at Stamford Bridge finished as a 1-1 draw, with Willian's opener being cancelled out by Lionel Messi's goal, meaning the last-16 encounter is finely poised ahead of the decisive match in Spain tonight.

"This type of game it's right to face the best players".

Barcelona, a five-time European champion, eliminated Chelsea in the 2009 semifinals, when Iniesta scored the decisive goal in second-half injury time in the second leg in London.

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"It's important to understand that we must be prepared to suffer, if we play with Hazard as number nine, or if we play with (Olivier) Giroud or (Alvaro) Morata as number nine and Hazard as number 10".

As things stand, a Champions League title could be the only hope for Antonio Conte to see his team return to the top table of European football next season. We can't afford to make any mistakes with our final pass and we have to be decisive in front of goal by shooting or doing what we want to do.

He added: "For a long time we dominated the game, we created chances to score".

Manchester United and Manchester City are perhaps the only English sides who could afford him, and the latter would seem far more likely given their style of play under Messi's former mentor Pep Guardiola.

Hazard, who won the Ligue 1 and Coupe de France double in 2011 with Lille, joined Chelsea after their 2012 Champions League triumph, winning the Europa League the following season. We are talking about an extraordinary player, the best in the world. "We know, we knew there were really good". He got in behind the Barcelona defence and went down claiming a foul from Gerard Pique in the penalty area, but referee Damir Skomina was having none of it.

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