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Antonio Conte vows to respect Chelsea contract despite 'having suitcase ready'

Antonio Conte vows to respect Chelsea contract despite 'having suitcase ready'

The Premier League title holders were held to a 1-1 draw with the La Liga leaders in the first leg of their Champions League last-16 clash on Tuesday night.

Rio Ferdinand has warned Chelsea FC that they will need to be decisive in front of goal in their return leg at Barcelona next month.

What followed not only vindicated his team selection but also produced a tactical masterclass on the biggest European stage.

Antonio Conte accepts the extra pressure that comes with the Chelsea job due to the club's modern "custom" of regularly changing managers.

Cesar Azpilicueta believes Chelsea have to be "perfect" at Camp Nou if Antonio Conte's men are to triumph against Barcelona in the Champions League.

"I think that we have just started to play massive games, with Barcelona, now United and City", he said. "The others have to judge my season, and the season of my players". That game plan is understandable to an extent, but the fact de Gea was their best player is an indication of the problems with their defense.

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The match started slowly, Chelsea made a decision to give Barcelona possession and to rely on counter-attacks.

Willian broke the deadlock in the 62nd minute after the Brazil worldwide hit the woodwork twice in the first half in west London.

The second half was much more active, with Chelsea taking the lead in the 62 minute.

The Liverpool legend was not short of words describing the Spanish International and described him as a player as the dream of several managers. He was also for Messi who has now scored against Chelsea. "We must be pleased for the game, not for the final result". This means that bookmakers give Chelsea about 20-25% chance to progress in this match-up. "I did a fantastic choice, and I want to take credit for that". It seems that online casino business is way more lucrative than bookmaking.

Chelsea will travel to face Barca in the second leg of the tie on Wednesday, March 14. But when they got to the Nou Camp they've got to be fearless and have to expect to defend. Chelsea proved a few days ago that they could both threaten and subdue their opponents - and they must do it again.

"The away goal obviously gives them a small advantage because with a 0-0 they go through, but it is what it is", Azpilicueta told Chelsea's website.