Chelsea face Barcelona at Stamford Bridge tomorrow in the first leg of their Champions League last 16 tie.
The Catalan side will travel to London in fine form, with Ernesto Valverde’s side currently seven points clear at the top of La Liga.
However, speaking in the build up to tomorrow’s eagerly anticipated encounter, Chelsea manager Antonio Conte revealed that he has been studying his sides opposition for some time now, when he said:
“We have been analysing this team for a long time; we started one month ago and analysed this team.
“We are speaking about one of the best teams in the world. We have to try to have the perfect game and to try to make the best decisions also for this type of team.
“This is a different opponent. They have a fantastic characteristic with the ball, but they can have a weakness without the ball and we must try to exploit this.”
Chelsea and Barca have played out some epic games in the Champions League over the years, and the two clubs are finely matched in terms of the head-to-head stats with each club having won five, lost five and drawn.
Fixtures between these two great clubs are rarely dull affairs, so tomorrows game at Stamford Bridge is one that really should not be missed.