Antonio Conte makes shock Juventus admission ahead of Barcelona clash

Jonathan Hernandez
March 12, 2018

We will have to show great resilience.

The Premier League champions have been widely criticised for their poor showing against Manchester City, with Conte getting the bigger stick for adopting a defensive approach in the game.

Antonio Conte insists he will have no hesitation asking Eden Hazard to play as a false nine again despite the Chelsea forward openly questioning his manager's tactics last weekend.

Chelsea were abysmal during their loss to Pep Guardiola's side and it was not until the 88th minute that Conte chose to change things and bring on Morata. "Top, cream of the crop, he's fantastic", United manager Jose Mourinho said after his side's win over Chelsea two weeks ago. "Morata is coming from a odd injury in his back, he was a long time out".

The Blues are level at 1-1 following a tight first-leg, which saw a mistake from Andreas Christensen allow Lionel Messi to cancel out Willian's opener easily despite an otherwise sound performance from the Premier League champions.

"Tomorrow, for sure, we have this option to play with Giroud or Morata as number nine". It was nearly the flawless game if we didn't concede the goal at the last. "We will see tomorrow, the final decision".

Conte said David Luiz and Ross Barkley were injured and he had to "check a couple of situations", without going into further detail.

Willian punished Barcelona on the counter in the first leg
Willian punished Barcelona on the counter in the first leg

Reports emerged this week, that the France global fainted after training on Friday. But it was all clear. Maybe I can take different decisions.

Tiemoue Bakayoko could also make his first Chelsea appearance in more than a month.

"For me, it's always a pleasure to see him and have a chat". He's a really young player.

'If I think it's right for the team to play in this way, it's okay. Baka has the right personality to become an important player for Chelsea. "It gives me extra motivation for sure". He's working very hard and he's helping the team.

Chelsea afterwards insisted that Conte's story was not directed at Hazard, whom the Premier League champions are trying to commit to a new long-term contract in order to ward off long-standing interest from Real Madrid.

"We have to regret the games against Bournemouth, Watford, (Manchester) United".

"We tried to finish the game, but I think that their goalkeeper made good saves and we hit the post", he added. We have to work as a team and to try to be ready.

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