Conte: Chelsea must be ready to suffer at Barcelona

Tuesday, 13 Mar, 2018

And despite a generally poor season for the reigning Premier League champions, Cahill is full of confidence ahead of their trip to the Nou Camp.

13 years on and Chelsea are attempting to do the same, but they don't have Lampard, John Terry or Didier Drogba this time around.

Barcelona scored a 75th-minute equaliser through Lionel Messi to cancel out midfielder Willian's second-half goal in the first leg clash between the teams at Stamford Bridge last month.

It's unknown as to where the Italian's future lies but when speaking to Sky Sports, Gullit believes Conte needs to show his managerial strengths against the Catalans.

"I would certainly consider picking Morata to lead the line with Eden Hazard and Willian behind", Lampard said.

"If you want to be one of the best, you have to play well in the big games", said the Belgian, whose contract expires in 2020.

The root of Hazard's discontent is Conte's lack of faith in either club record signing Morata or Giroud, who was hastily recruited on the final day of the January transfer window as a more physical option. "But Chelsea are a strong team, with good players", he told Omnisport. He can do that job more naturally than Hazard, who without the responsibility of playing up front can get more involved in the game himself.

'What Fernando Torres did in 2012 shows what a recognised striker can give you against Barcelona.

"We could have played on for three hours, and I wouldn't touch a ball".

Chelsea icon Gianfranco Zola has insisted that his former club "stand a good chance" of progressing through to the quarter-finals of the Champions League, despite the odds being stacked against them.

Chelsea would go on to win the competition that year; could Morata spark a similar triumph?