Champions League: Fabregas reveals how Chelsea could beat Barcelona

Hope Soto
February 20, 2018

Ahead of what turned out to be a rather tiresome press conference from Antonio Conte - the Chelsea head coach saying all the right things, but journalists asking few, if any questions of genuine interest or import - Barcelona head coach Ernesto Valverde spoke to the assembled media as well ahead of tonight's massive Champions League showdown at Stamford Bridge.

"It's good to be compared with the greatest ever, Messi or Ronaldo".

Much of the attention, as ever, will fall on Barca superstar Lionel Messi, but Rudiger knows Ernesto Valverde's side do not have to rely on the Argentina worldwide alone to pose a serious threat. I did once in the World Cup (for Belgium v Argentina in 2014) and we lost the game, so I hope tomorrow is going to be different.

"We are talking about the best player in the world", he said when asked about a plan to cope with the Argentina ace. The problem is that being at home, there will be people wanting to see Chelsea have a bit of a go at them.

"In these days after the game in the FA Cup, I must be honest, it was a bit hard to sleep well". But if you want to be one of the best, you have to play well in the big games. "If I want to reach that level, I need to have a great game".

"They try to put the first pressure very, very high - (they) always work towards the ball", said the former Barca academy graduate.

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Chelsea came second in Group C behind Roma on the head-to-head rule, while Barca finished ahead of Juventus in Group D. English teams this year are in incredible form, much better than in previous years.

"And then to try with the ball to do what we know - what we try and do during training". The Blues are the only Premier League side to win the Europe's top club competition this decade.

As far as Chelsea's team news is concerned, the likes of Tiemoue Bakayoko, David Luiz and winter signing Ross Barkley are out injured at the moment (PhysioRoom). His teams are very well-worked tactically, they know what to do in every moment of the game.

Valverde insists his opposite number has proved in several jobs throughout his career, that he is one of the best managers around.

'But it is important all 11 press their opponents, starting with those players at the top of the pitch'.

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