Antonio Conte is looking forward to pain. The Chelsea coach knows precisely what is required of his team to beat Barcelona on Wednesday and progress to the Champions League quarter-finals. And it will not be pretty.
“We must be prepared to suffer in this type of game,” he said. “Because when you play against this type of team, one of the best teams in the world, you must be prepared to suffer. It won’t be easy. But we have to try. We have to try the best solution to face this game.”
“For sure, Juventus showed great resilience, they suffered a lot, and in the right mind they killed Tottenham,” Conte said. “But don’t forget you are talking about a team with many players with great experience, many players who won the Champions League in this Juventus team. We don’t have this.”
“It gives me extra motivation for sure. My grandfather used to say it was easy to play because he was a centre-back, he just used to get the ball back and give it to Di Stefano, Gento, Puskas. If you listen to him, when he used to talk about it, yeah, it sounds very easy, but today it is very hard and something amazing to fight for, starting from Wednesday.”