Barca: they are giving me sleepless nights- Conte

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The Chelsea manager Antonio Conte said that he has endured sleepless nights plotting to outsmart Barcelona in the Champions League round of 16 ties.get more Barca news on


Today the Blues will host the Catalan giants Barca for the first leg of the round of 16 clashes at Stamford Bridge and they are ready to maintain their wonderful record against the La Liga leaders in this competition.


In the recent past few times Chelsea has bitten the dust against their counterparts in their domestic league and in their last 12 matches they have just won four out of it, and with this form, they are heading into this mouthwatering clash against Barcelona.


Though Chelsea has won their last match by 4-0 goals against Hull City still the Italian mastermind admitted that he had some sleepless nights trying to think about how to stop the free flow game of the Catalan giants.


Conte added: "In these days after the game in the FA Cup, I must be honest, it was a bit difficult to sleep well,"


"When you have to play this type of game, you have to prepare. You have to prepare everything. You have to prepare big things, but the smaller details too.


"They can move a result a lot of the time. We have an idea. We have a plan in our heads. I think that, in this specific moment, it's very important to pick the players who are at the top of their form and then try and do our best to win the game."


In today’s fixture, all eyes will be on the Argentine star Lionel Messi, as he will be ready tonight to score his first goal against the Blues having drawn blank in their previous eight encounters against the Blues.


Conte knows it will be difficult for them to keep him quiet tonight. About Messi, he added: "We are talking about the best player in the world,"

"Messi has the capacity to solve the situation and create a chance when you are not seeing the chance to score.


"We are talking about a fantastic player. We have to pay great attention, but not only to Messi.


"We have to know that, during the game, we must be prepared to suffer. But, at the same time, we must have the idea to go and score at any moment."