Willian Represents Everything Antonio Conte Wants From His Team in Barcelona

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Alonso is reminded of what it takes to win the biggest games every time he sees the five replica European Cups in his grandma's house.

With the Champions League last-16 tie finely posed at 1-1 after the first leg, Conte knows his players must improve to have any hope of progressing at the expense of Lionel Messi and company.

"We have to try to have the same focus, the same attention as the first leg against Barcelona".

"It won't be easy. We have to try the right solution to play this game". "Sometimes it is important also to share the responsibility with the players that you have to prepare for this type of game", he said.

Eden Hazard had spoken at his frustration at playing as a "false nine" in last Sunday's lacklustre loss at Manchester City. After playing my father used to coach, we used to follow him around Spain. Many players have had chances to score, not only Olivier. They also failed to make any shots on target in the entire match, the players making just 11 tackles compared to a season average of 18.

"We made a lot of chances and it was a pity that they scored the goal and we had three minutes that were a bit nervous", Conte added. Let's go there with confidence we can put in a good show and do the best we possibly can to get through to the next round.

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Of his 29 English Premier League appearances this season, 13 have been off the bench, but the form he has shown recently has ensured he is at the forefront of manager Antonio Conte's thoughts.

The Blues lost back-to-back games against Manchester United and Manchester City and now sit in fifth position, five points behind fourth placed Tottenham Hotspur.

Conte says his situation contrasted with the present one involving Hazard, whom the Italian has previously told to be more selfish and ruthless in front of goal.

"They're going to have to bash us over the head to get us down - we're not going to surrender in any way".

"You can see when a player is in great form, I'm the first to pick him in the starting 11", the Italian said.

Defender James Tomkins, who cleared a Giroud effort off the line, bemoaned a strike from Alexander Sorloth which was disallowed late on by referee Anthony Taylor and came before Patrick van Aanholt netted what proved merely a consolation against his former club.

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