Can Hazard match Messi? Poyet sees Belgian as inconsistent as 'destabilised' Chelsea

20 February, 2018, 18:35 | Author: Felix Jensen
  • Tom Henning Ovrebo officiated Chelsea's semi-final second leg against Barcelona in 2009

While Chelsea have endured a more inconsistent season defending their Premier League title, Barcelona are seven points clear at the top of the Spanish league and unbeaten in that competition and the Champions League, having also reached the final of the Copa Del Rey.

However, if he is to finally match the heights Cristiano Ronaldo and Messi have attained, then succeeding on the world's greatest stage is the only way to do it.

In doing so, we have take a glance at what toe to toe battles should to look out for? We have to do our job and try to do the best we can. "We must be excited to play this type of game".

"In these days after the game in the FA Cup [against Hull City], I must be honest, it was a bit hard to sleep well", Conte was quoted as saying by Sky Sports. "(The match on Tuesday night is) a big game, so let's go for it". My respect for them is good, but once the referee blows the whistle I will always try to win my games.

"We are talking about Messi, Luis Suarez and Andres Iniesta. about the whole team". If I want to reach that level, I need to do a great game.

Chelsea came second in Group C behind Roma on the head-to-head rule, while Barca finished ahead of Juventus in Group D.

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However, they could win their first trophy of the season at the weekend when they take on Arsenal in EFL Cup final at Wembley and are now 16 points clear at the top of the league table.

Like his opposite number, Valverde has been carefully studying Chelsea's tactical system and hopes to outwit Conte.

Team news: Chelsea may be without the injured Tiemoue Bakayoko and David Luiz. "He is one of the best coaches in the world, with an incredible CV", said Valverde.

Chelsea lost their EFL Cup semi-final against Arsenal in January followed by Premier League defeats by Bournemouth and Watford.

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. Chelsea have a unique style of football, they know their game. He's got the classic Italian methods: very strong defensively and can counter at any moment. The English style of football is a unique, physical style, but they play good football as well.

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