Barcelona and Chelsea gunning for quarter final spot

Antonio Conte insisted he is not bothered if Gary Cahill or Alvaro Morata go to the World Cup

That's despite a magnificent game from N'Golo Kante, who clearly established that he belongs among the very best.

The match kicks off at 7.45 pm on Wednesday March 14th at the Camp Nou in Barcelona.

Chelsea must score in tonight's Champions League last-16 second leg at the Nou Camp (Live on RTÉ2) after last month's first leg at Stamford Bridge finished 1-1.

Belletti was discussing the upcoming Champions League fixture while visiting the Bridge for the first time since lifting the Premier League trophy here in 2010, to watch our 2-1 Premier League win over Crystal Palace on Saturday.

Chelsea's disappointing night was summed by them hitting the woodwork for a second time when Rudiger's late header struck the bar. It's impressive what he's doing every year at an exceptionally high level, breaking records, getting better and better in more aspects of his game.

Chelsea almost secured a consolation goal in the dying minutes, but Antonio Rudiger hit the crossbar with a header. "It was unlucky on our side, but I think mostly it was our individual mistakes that cost us". Therefore, they basically have to play a ideal game at Camp Nou.

Morata was dropped from Spain's squad on Friday after a run of poor displays for Chelsea
Morata was dropped from Spain's squad on Friday after a run of poor displays for Chelsea

"At this time we were strong". "I know him and his family well, and I know they are fine in Barcelona, which is where he needs to be".

For Antonio Conte, with his side four points adrift of fourth placed Liverpool, progression in the Champions League itself could well be Chelsea's best chance of qualifying for the competition in 2018/19.

Well, we say very good chance, but Gazzetta dello Sport have it at 30%, which is the highest they give anyone, putting on the same level as Roberto Mancini.

"That's a pity. We could have played on for three hours, and I [still] wouldn't touch a ball".

Barca will be looking to become the third La Liga side in the Champions League quarter-final draw on Friday, having seen Real Madrid overcome Paris Saint Germain and Sevilla, as previously mentioned, beat Man United. Likewise, Giroud has made just three starts and scored one goal since crossing London to join from Arsenal.

Hazard certainly suffered when deployed once more in a central role as Chelsea were passed off the park by Manchester City in a 1-0 defeat nine days ago.



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