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I'm struggling to sleep thinking about Barcelona and Messi: Chelsea boss Conte

I'm struggling to sleep thinking about Barcelona and Messi: Chelsea boss Conte

Cape Town - Chelsea forward Pedro gave his take on Tuesday's Champions League clash against his former club Barcelona, and Lionel Messi in particular.

Hazard knows he heeds to be as good as Messi and Ronaldo in order to win the Ballon d'Or, especially with Neymar one of his main rivals for the prize.

"They have a defined way of playing and we have to take that into account", he said. That's it. I'm ready for them.

"We have to try to have the flawless game, the ideal game to try to make the best decisions".

Hazard has honestly admitted he needs to perform in the bigger games - like against Messi's Barcelona on Tuesday - in order to be one of the best. "This is a big game".

"For the time being I'm here, there are still some months to go and competitions to try to win, then the World Cup is coming up", Hazard, who had been tipped to sign a contract extension, added coyly. "Every game I try to play my best football, in the Premier League and, after we didn't play in the Champions League last season, back [at this level] this year. If I want to reach that level, I need to do a great game tomorrow", Hazard told a press conference on Monday.

Chelsea were runners-up in Group C behind Roma - who are third in Serie A - only on the head-to-head rule. We know that winning the league is the most important thing, and we've also got the Copa, but the motivation in the Champions League is different, it's special.

Barcelona have been in sensational form this season and find themselves seven points clear of Atletico Madrid in La Liga.

"Chelsea have a very unique style of football, they know their game".

BARCELONA coach Ernesto Valverde is hopeful Andres Iniesta will stay at Barcelona following reports his captain has offers on the table to move to China at the end of the season.

Looking around the rest of the predicted Chelsea XI, perhaps the other shock is that there's no room for Willian in the team. It's a massive night for the players, for the club and for English football in general. "We play in a different league".

Barcelona have never beaten the Blues when Chelsea have kept 11 players on the pitch, while talisman Lionel Messi remains goalless in eight previous encounters.

"Not only that he has shown at Chelsea, but previously with Juventus and the Italian national team, you can see the quality of his coaching in his teams".


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