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Antonio Conte felt Chelsea had come close to playing a "perfect game" against Barcelona, but said one mistake cost them in the 1-1 draw in the first leg of their Champions League second round clash.
Antonio Conte admits one mistake cost Chelsea against Barcelona
Antonio Conte felt Chelsea had come close to playing a "perfect game" against Barcelona, but said one mistake cost them in the 1-1 draw in the first leg of their Champions League second round clash.
Antonio Conte was asked about his future at Chelsea following Tuesday's 1-1 draw against Barcelona in the Champions League.
Conte wants to see out Chelsea contract but has bags packed
Antonio Conte was asked about his future at Chelsea following Tuesday's 1-1 draw against Barcelona in the Champions League.
Barcelona head coach Ernesto Valverde admitted he was pleased his side were able to grab a vital away goal in the first leg of their Champions League last-16 tie against Chelsea.
Barca taking away a good result to the second leg - Valverde
Barcelona head coach Ernesto Valverde admitted he was pleased his side were able to grab a vital away goal in the first leg of their Champions League last-16 tie against Chelsea.
Barcelona head coach Ernesto Valverde admitted he was pleased his side were able to grab a vital away goal in the first leg of their Champions League last-16 tie against Chelsea.
Barca taking away a good result to the second leg - Valverde
Barcelona head coach Ernesto Valverde admitted he was pleased his side were able to grab a vital away goal in the first leg of their Champions League last-16 tie against Chelsea.
Barcelona head coach Ernesto Valverde admitted he was pleased his side were able to grab a vital away goal in the first leg of their Champions League last-16 tie against Chelsea.
Barca taking away a good result to the second leg - Valverde
Barcelona head coach Ernesto Valverde admitted he was pleased his side were able to grab a vital away goal in the first leg of their Champions League last-16 tie against Chelsea.
<p>Messi ends Chelsea drought to give Barcelona last-16 edge</p>
Messi ends Chelsea drought to give Barcelona last-16 edge

Messi ends Chelsea drought to give Barcelona last-16 edge

<p>Messi ends Chelsea drought to give Barcelona last-16 edge</p>
Messi ends Chelsea drought to give Barcelona last-16 edge

Messi ends Chelsea drought to give Barcelona last-16 edge

<p>Messi ends Chelsea drought to give Barcelona last-16 edge</p>
Messi ends Chelsea drought to give Barcelona last-16 edge

Messi ends Chelsea drought to give Barcelona last-16 edge

<p>Messi ends Chelsea drought to give Barcelona last-16 edge</p>
Messi ends Chelsea drought to give Barcelona last-16 edge

Messi ends Chelsea drought to give Barcelona last-16 edge

<p>Messi ends Chelsea drought to give Barcelona last-16 edge</p>
Messi ends Chelsea drought to give Barcelona last-16 edge

Messi ends Chelsea drought to give Barcelona last-16 edge

<p>Messi ends Chelsea drought to give Barcelona last-16 edge</p>
Messi ends Chelsea drought to give Barcelona last-16 edge

Messi ends Chelsea drought to give Barcelona last-16 edge

Antonio Conte hailed goalscorer Willian as he starred in Chelsea&#39;s 1-1 draw with Barcelona.
Conte hails 'fantastic' Willian performance
Antonio Conte hailed goalscorer Willian as he starred in Chelsea's 1-1 draw with Barcelona.
Antonio Conte hailed goalscorer Willian as he starred in Chelsea&#39;s 1-1 draw with Barcelona.
Conte hails 'fantastic' Willian performance
Antonio Conte hailed goalscorer Willian as he starred in Chelsea's 1-1 draw with Barcelona.
Antonio Conte hailed goalscorer Willian as he starred in Chelsea&#39;s 1-1 draw with Barcelona.
Conte hails 'fantastic' Willian performance
Antonio Conte hailed goalscorer Willian as he starred in Chelsea's 1-1 draw with Barcelona.
Messi&#39;s first goal against Chelsea snatched Barcelona a crucial away goal and a 1-1 draw
Messi's first goal against Chelsea snatched Barcelona a crucial away goal and a 1-1 draw
Messi's first goal against Chelsea snatched Barcelona a crucial away goal and a 1-1 draw
The Barcelona striker believes a vital effort in a 1-1 draw at Stamford Bridge will lead to a more open second leg in a Champions League last-16 tie
Suarez sends Messi goal warning to Chelsea ahead of Camp Nou trip
The Barcelona striker believes a vital effort in a 1-1 draw at Stamford Bridge will lead to a more open second leg in a Champions League last-16 tie
<p>Messi goal will give Barcelona more space at Camp Nou – Suarez</p>
Messi goal will give Barcelona more space at Camp Nou – Suarez

Messi goal will give Barcelona more space at Camp Nou – Suarez

<p>Messi goal will give Barcelona more space at Camp Nou – Suarez</p>
Messi goal will give Barcelona more space at Camp Nou – Suarez

Messi goal will give Barcelona more space at Camp Nou – Suarez

Lionel Messi&#39;s goal will mean Barcelona have more space in the second leg against Chelsea, according to Luis Suarez.
Messi goal will give Barcelona more space at Camp Nou – Suarez
Lionel Messi's goal will mean Barcelona have more space in the second leg against Chelsea, according to Luis Suarez.
Chelsea&#39;s head coach Antonio Conte gestures during the first leg of the UEFA Champions League round of 16 football match against Barcelona February 20, 2018
Chelsea's head coach Antonio Conte gestures during the first leg of the UEFA Champions League round of 16 football match against Barcelona February 20, 2018
Chelsea's head coach Antonio Conte gestures during the first leg of the UEFA Champions League round of 16 football match against Barcelona February 20, 2018
Soccer Football - Champions League Round of 16 First Leg - Chelsea vs FC Barcelona - Stamford Bridge, London, Britain - February 20, 2018 Chelsea&#39;s Willian celebrates scoring their first goal Action Images via Reuters/Matthew Childs
Champions League Round of 16 First Leg - Chelsea vs FC Barcelona
Soccer Football - Champions League Round of 16 First Leg - Chelsea vs FC Barcelona - Stamford Bridge, London, Britain - February 20, 2018 Chelsea's Willian celebrates scoring their first goal Action Images via Reuters/Matthew Childs
Soccer Football - Champions League Round of 16 First Leg - Chelsea vs FC Barcelona - Stamford Bridge, London, Britain - February 20, 2018. Barcelona’s Lionel Messi celebrates scoring their first goal. Action Images via Reuters/Andrew Boyers
Champions League Round of 16 First Leg - Chelsea vs FC Barcelona
Soccer Football - Champions League Round of 16 First Leg - Chelsea vs FC Barcelona - Stamford Bridge, London, Britain - February 20, 2018. Barcelona’s Lionel Messi celebrates scoring their first goal. Action Images via Reuters/Andrew Boyers
Soccer Football - Champions League Round of 16 First Leg - Chelsea vs FC Barcelona - Stamford Bridge, London, Britain - February 20, 2018 Chelsea manager Antonio Conte Action Images via Reuters/Andrew Boyers
Champions League Round of 16 First Leg - Chelsea vs FC Barcelona
Soccer Football - Champions League Round of 16 First Leg - Chelsea vs FC Barcelona - Stamford Bridge, London, Britain - February 20, 2018 Chelsea manager Antonio Conte Action Images via Reuters/Andrew Boyers
Soccer Football - Champions League Round of 16 First Leg - Chelsea vs FC Barcelona - Stamford Bridge, London, Britain - February 20, 2018 Chelsea&#39;s Willian celebrates scoring their first goal Action Images via Reuters/Matthew Childs
Champions League Round of 16 First Leg - Chelsea vs FC Barcelona
Soccer Football - Champions League Round of 16 First Leg - Chelsea vs FC Barcelona - Stamford Bridge, London, Britain - February 20, 2018 Chelsea's Willian celebrates scoring their first goal Action Images via Reuters/Matthew Childs
FC Barcelona's Bartomeu on Messi, Revenue
<p>Valverde: Barcelona away goal not definitive for progression</p>
Valverde: Barcelona away goal not definitive for progression

Valverde: Barcelona away goal not definitive for progression

Lionel Messi may have given his side a crucial away goal at Chelsea, but the Blaugrana boss says the last-16 tie remains in the balance
Valverde: Barcelona away goal not definitive for progression
Lionel Messi may have given his side a crucial away goal at Chelsea, but the Blaugrana boss says the last-16 tie remains in the balance
<p>Valverde: Barcelona away goal not definitive for progression</p>
Valverde: Barcelona away goal not definitive for progression

Valverde: Barcelona away goal not definitive for progression

Antonio Conte believes Chelsea were close to having the perfect game as the Blues drew with Barcelona 1-1 in the Champions League.
Chelsea 'close' to playing the perfect game - Conte
Antonio Conte believes Chelsea were close to having the perfect game as the Blues drew with Barcelona 1-1 in the Champions League.
Antonio Conte admitted he was disappointed that Chelsea couldn&#39;t hold onto a win against Barcelona, with a mistake costing them in the 1-1 draw.
Conte disappointed with draw against Barcelona
Antonio Conte admitted he was disappointed that Chelsea couldn't hold onto a win against Barcelona, with a mistake costing them in the 1-1 draw.
Antonio Conte admitted he was disappointed that Chelsea couldn&#39;t hold onto a win against Barcelona, with a mistake costing them in the 1-1 draw.
Conte disappointed with draw against Barcelona
Antonio Conte admitted he was disappointed that Chelsea couldn't hold onto a win against Barcelona, with a mistake costing them in the 1-1 draw.
Antonio Conte admitted he was disappointed that Chelsea couldn&#39;t hold onto a win against Barcelona, with a mistake costing them in the 1-1 draw.
Conte disappointed with draw against Barcelona
Antonio Conte admitted he was disappointed that Chelsea couldn't hold onto a win against Barcelona, with a mistake costing them in the 1-1 draw.
Antonio Conte believes Chelsea were close to having the perfect game as the Blues drew with Barcelona 1-1 in the Champions League.
Chelsea 'close' to playing the perfect game - Conte
Antonio Conte believes Chelsea were close to having the perfect game as the Blues drew with Barcelona 1-1 in the Champions League.
Antonio Conte believes Chelsea were close to having the perfect game as the Blues drew with Barcelona 1-1 in the Champions League.
Chelsea 'close' to playing the perfect game - Conte
Antonio Conte believes Chelsea were close to having the perfect game as the Blues drew with Barcelona 1-1 in the Champions League.
Despite the young centre-back handing Lionel Messi a crucial away goal with a poor pass, the man in charge at Stamford Bridge has defended the Dane
Conte defends 'incredible' Christensen after costly error against Barcelona
Despite the young centre-back handing Lionel Messi a crucial away goal with a poor pass, the man in charge at Stamford Bridge has defended the Dane
<p>Conte defends &#39;incredible&#39; Christensen after costly error against Barcelona</p>
Conte defends 'incredible' Christensen after costly error against Barcelona

Conte defends 'incredible' Christensen after costly error against Barcelona

<p>Conte defends &#39;incredible&#39; Christensen after costly error against Barcelona</p>
Conte defends 'incredible' Christensen after costly error against Barcelona

Conte defends 'incredible' Christensen after costly error against Barcelona

Barcelona&#39;s Gerard Pique fights for the ball against Chelsea&#39;s Antonio Ruediger during a Champions League round of sixteen first leg soccer match between FC Barcelona and Chelsea at Stamford Bridge stadium in London, Tuesday, Feb. 20, 2018. (AP Photo/Alastair Grant)
Barcelona's Gerard Pique fights for the ball against Chelsea's Antonio Ruediger during a Champions League round of sixteen first leg soccer match between FC Barcelona and Chelsea at Stamford Bridge stadium in London, Tuesday, Feb. 20, 2018. (AP Photo/Alastair Grant)
Barcelona's Gerard Pique fights for the ball against Chelsea's Antonio Ruediger during a Champions League round of sixteen first leg soccer match between FC Barcelona and Chelsea at Stamford Bridge stadium in London, Tuesday, Feb. 20, 2018. (AP Photo/Alastair Grant)
Barcelona&#39;s Lionel Messi celebrates with Andres Iniesta scoring his side&#39;s first goal during a Champions League round of sixteen first leg soccer match between FC Barcelona and Chelsea at Stamford Bridge stadium in London, Tuesday, Feb. 20, 2018. (AP Photo/Alastair Grant)
Barcelona's Lionel Messi celebrates with Andres Iniesta scoring his side's first goal during a Champions League round of sixteen first leg soccer match between FC Barcelona and Chelsea at Stamford Bridge stadium in London, Tuesday, Feb. 20, 2018. (AP Photo/Alastair Grant)
Barcelona's Lionel Messi celebrates with Andres Iniesta scoring his side's first goal during a Champions League round of sixteen first leg soccer match between FC Barcelona and Chelsea at Stamford Bridge stadium in London, Tuesday, Feb. 20, 2018. (AP Photo/Alastair Grant)
Antonio Conte urged his Chelsea players “to do something incredible at the Nou Camp” after their 1-1 draw but warned that they would be “crazy” to go toe-to-toe against Barcelona. Midfielder Cesc Fabregas had earlier claimed that Chelsea should now attack Barcelona after taking the lead against the runaway leaders of La Liga, even though Conte was adamant that his team had already almost executed the ideal tactical plan. “We were very close to playing the perfect game,” said Conte. “We paid dearly for one mistake. This game must give us a lot of confidence to trust that, in the second leg, qualification is open. “We showed that if we are ready to work very hard together defensively but, at the same time have the right feeling when you win the ball to create the chances to score, we can try to do something incredible at the Nou Camp.” Asked if the tactics should be more offensive in Spain following Lionel Messi’s away goal, Conte said: “I think we have to respect the opponent. When you play against Barcelona you know very well that, if you want to face them box-to-box, you are crazy. You go to lose the game, not only 1-0 or 2-0 but like it happens in Spain, 4-0, 5-0, 6-0. You must use intelligence. I think the players are not stupid. Chelsea vs Barcelona player ratings “A coach can have a fantastic plan but, if the players don&#39;t believe in this plan, you are dead. We must be prepared to suffer together. But, when you are suffering, you must know that when you have the ball you can create a chance to score.” Fabregas grew up with Messi in Barcelona’s academy and then returned to the club between 2011 and 2014 before joining Chelsea and warned against an overly defensive approach in Spain. &quot;You have to have a lot of personality to play against this team who has 70 per cent of the ball,” he said. “We have to go there to attack and score because 90 minutes defending at the Nou Camp is an eternity. It is a suicide mission. We have to play our game.” Chelsea goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois had barely made a save before Barcelona seized on a 75th-minute mistake by Andreas Christensen to equalise but Conte was adamant that his 21-year-old defender had been among his best players. Fabregas grew up with Messi in Barcelona’s academy Credit: Getty Images Asked if he now regretted playing Christensen ahead of Gary Cahill, Conte said: “No - absolutely not. Christensen&#39;s performance was incredible. We are talking about a player who is only 21. It&#39;s great that he&#39;s able to play this game with this maturity and personality. Christensen for me was one of the best players. I&#39;m very pleased with his performance. “Without the mistake, Barcelona were in great difficulty to find and create a chance to score. We were unlucky tonight because we hit the post twice.” Willian hit the post twice for Chelsea before scoring Credit: Reuters Conte also agreed that goalscorer Willian had performed at a similar level to Messi and said that the Brazilian “has the potential to play this type of game every match.” Andres Iniesta admitted that Barcelona had struggled with Chelsea’s system but predicted a “different” game at the Nou Camp next month. Barcelona manager Ernesto Valverde also acknowledged that Conte’s tactical plan had almost succeeded but believes that the away goal is now significant. “It was a clash of styles,” said Valverde. “We tried to control the match and had a lot of possession, getting close to their penalty area, but they surprised us on the counter-attack at times. We were just lacking a bit of extra quality in the final third and there was a lot of traffic around their box. It was very congested and we struggled to break through. The away goal is not definitive but is important. It&#39;s a good result in the end. We go back to Camp Nou happy.”
Antonio Conte urges Chelsea to 'do something incredible' at Nou Camp while Cesc Fabregas wants side to attack Barca
Antonio Conte urged his Chelsea players “to do something incredible at the Nou Camp” after their 1-1 draw but warned that they would be “crazy” to go toe-to-toe against Barcelona. Midfielder Cesc Fabregas had earlier claimed that Chelsea should now attack Barcelona after taking the lead against the runaway leaders of La Liga, even though Conte was adamant that his team had already almost executed the ideal tactical plan. “We were very close to playing the perfect game,” said Conte. “We paid dearly for one mistake. This game must give us a lot of confidence to trust that, in the second leg, qualification is open. “We showed that if we are ready to work very hard together defensively but, at the same time have the right feeling when you win the ball to create the chances to score, we can try to do something incredible at the Nou Camp.” Asked if the tactics should be more offensive in Spain following Lionel Messi’s away goal, Conte said: “I think we have to respect the opponent. When you play against Barcelona you know very well that, if you want to face them box-to-box, you are crazy. You go to lose the game, not only 1-0 or 2-0 but like it happens in Spain, 4-0, 5-0, 6-0. You must use intelligence. I think the players are not stupid. Chelsea vs Barcelona player ratings “A coach can have a fantastic plan but, if the players don't believe in this plan, you are dead. We must be prepared to suffer together. But, when you are suffering, you must know that when you have the ball you can create a chance to score.” Fabregas grew up with Messi in Barcelona’s academy and then returned to the club between 2011 and 2014 before joining Chelsea and warned against an overly defensive approach in Spain. "You have to have a lot of personality to play against this team who has 70 per cent of the ball,” he said. “We have to go there to attack and score because 90 minutes defending at the Nou Camp is an eternity. It is a suicide mission. We have to play our game.” Chelsea goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois had barely made a save before Barcelona seized on a 75th-minute mistake by Andreas Christensen to equalise but Conte was adamant that his 21-year-old defender had been among his best players. Fabregas grew up with Messi in Barcelona’s academy Credit: Getty Images Asked if he now regretted playing Christensen ahead of Gary Cahill, Conte said: “No - absolutely not. Christensen's performance was incredible. We are talking about a player who is only 21. It's great that he's able to play this game with this maturity and personality. Christensen for me was one of the best players. I'm very pleased with his performance. “Without the mistake, Barcelona were in great difficulty to find and create a chance to score. We were unlucky tonight because we hit the post twice.” Willian hit the post twice for Chelsea before scoring Credit: Reuters Conte also agreed that goalscorer Willian had performed at a similar level to Messi and said that the Brazilian “has the potential to play this type of game every match.” Andres Iniesta admitted that Barcelona had struggled with Chelsea’s system but predicted a “different” game at the Nou Camp next month. Barcelona manager Ernesto Valverde also acknowledged that Conte’s tactical plan had almost succeeded but believes that the away goal is now significant. “It was a clash of styles,” said Valverde. “We tried to control the match and had a lot of possession, getting close to their penalty area, but they surprised us on the counter-attack at times. We were just lacking a bit of extra quality in the final third and there was a lot of traffic around their box. It was very congested and we struggled to break through. The away goal is not definitive but is important. It's a good result in the end. We go back to Camp Nou happy.”

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