Chelsea fired major Champions League warning over Barcelona star Lionel Messi

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Pat Kevin joined Monday's Off the Ball to look ahead to Chelsea's clash with Barcelona in the Champions League on Tuesday. Blues boss Antonio Conte says his team must have a flawless performance to beat Barca and the huge task ahead has given the Italian some sleepless nights in the run-up. "Chelsea are compact, and it's never easy to play against us".

Meanwhile, Bayern Munich host Besiktas in Tuesday's (Wednesday NZT) other game while the next day sees Manchester United in action at Sevilla, and Shakhtar Donetsk playing host to Roma. But if we can past this first phase and not put ourselves under too much pressure then I think that we can hurt them.

"For sure, we are talking about a massive game. It's different playing Chelsea due to their formation, but Girona play with a similar system in La Liga so we've played against it before". Chelsea have a very unique style of football, they know their game.

In Fabregas, Hazard and Willian, Conte has the players to hurt Barcelona on the counter, so the fans will hope the defence can hold on.

His withdrawal in the opening exchanges in the 3-0 loss to Bournemouth due to a sustained hamstring problem led to the Premier League Champions collapse and in the following defeat to Watford one week later their vulnerability without him showed again.

Messi has yet to score against Chelsea in eight previous meetings and Conte knows the Argentina global can turn a game with a moment of magic.

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"I'm very well there". We must have ambition to try and play our football.

After having the ideal first season in the Premier league, where he led the London side to the league title, Conte has not had as much enjoyment in 2017/18. What we try and do during training. But, for this reason, I think we must be excited to play this challenge.

However, the 31-year-old will need to get the better of Blues centre-back Andreas Christensen who has blossomed since returning from his two-year loan at Borussia Mochengladbach. Now we play with forwards when before we had Neymar.

Nelson Semedo is suspended for the visitors, who must also do without the cup-tied Philippe Coutinho, but they have an otherwise fully-fit squad. We are ready. We can face them, we can beat them. "To understand which is our level in the present, and what we have to do to improve in the future".

"When you play this type of game you have to prepare everything", Conte said. But not a lot.

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