Barcelona Legend Doesn't Think Eden Hazard Is Anywhere Near Lionel Messi

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Willian opened the scoring for Chelsea What are the odds? As things stand, a Champions League title could be the only hope for Antonio Conte to see his team return to the top table of European football next season.

This was the 14th Champions League meeting between these two and despite the impression of Barcelona dominance, Chelsea came into it unbeaten in the last eight fixtures.

Tactics: Chelsea used Eden Hazard as a false 9 in the first leg tie and through such gambit, Antonio Conte managed to get an extra man in the midfield to achieve a compact team that could defend in tight spaces.

Villas-Boas was replaced by his assistant, Chelsea legend Roberto Di Matteo who along with a whole host of Blues icons - among them captain, leader, legend John Terry, Frank Lampard, Petr Cech, Ashley Cole and Branislav Ivanovic - blazed a trail to glory winning both the FA Cup and the Champions League.

"We have to pay special attention to him, but [also Alvaro] Morata, Pedro or Hazard". It was a valiant first-leg effort from the Premier League side, but a late goal from Barca gave them the clear advantage heading back home.

Cristiano Ronaldo of Real Madrid, Messi's old rival and fellow five-time Ballon d'Or victor, is inevitably that player and he sits well clear of the Barcelona man on 117 goals in the Champions League. Our guide reveals all you need to know to watch Barcelona vs Chelsea online, including full live stream details and the kick-off time.

In this game, with Valverde likely to play four at the back, Conte should try to get the most of a front three including Hazard, Willian and Giroud/Morata.

Although this nearly worked in the first leg against Barcelona, it didn't against the United clubs and most recently failed against City where Chelsea failed to make any significant impact that led to Eden Hazard questioning Conte's tactics. Chelsea would have undoubtedly taken a lot of promise from their performance in the first leg, which they only lost due to an error by Christensen.

Ousmane Dembele scored their second - his first goal since arriving from Borussia Dortmund in a £135m deal last summer.

'It is a very important game. He has now scored 100 times in 123 games in this competition.

The task ahead the Blues is a hard one considering how poor they've been in recent weeks and the fact that Barcelona are yet to lose at home since 2016 makes it nearly "a mission impossible". "We know here the pitch is big and we have to stay together and to not concede goals and go for the counter attack as well".

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