Barcelona star hits out at rumours Messi could move to Premier League

Eden Hazard

Eden Hazard

Carles Puyol has revealed that he doesn't think Chelsea's Eden Hazard can be compared to players like Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo (via Sky Sports).

"For the manager, for every coach, it is not simple to sleep a lot, especially before these types of games", said Conte.

While attending a press conference the Brazilian said, "In the Camp Nou you have to play the ideal match".

It remains to be seen whether Chelsea can stop the Argentine in tonight's Champions League game at Camp Nou.

Lionel Messi put a pair of shots through Courtois' legs, with Ousmane Dembele adding another goal as Barcelona cruised to a 3-0 win to advance to the quarterfinals 4-1 on aggregate.

Physio Room report that centre-back Antonio Rudiger is suffering from muscle fatigue, presumably due to the sheer amount of football he has played in recent weeks.

A 1-1 will bring extra-time, while a higher-scoring draw takes the Blues through.

The Italian will be hoping that he can emulate his compatriot Roberto Di Matteo, who dragged his team to a Champions League final win in 2012 in spite of the fact that his side were floundering in the Premier League.

"After the first leg, I think Barcelona are the favourites but you can't be sure".

"We will try to get the ball, they are well prepared and it will be hard".

Although this nearly worked in the first leg against Barcelona, it didn't against the United clubs and most recently failed against City where Chelsea failed to make any significant impact that led to Eden Hazard questioning Conte's tactics. Still, it should be an entertaining battle, as Barca hasn't missed the Champions League quarters since 2007, and Chelsea are looking to get back there for the first time in four years. If he hadn't, the goal would not have been scored. This was a seriously important game in a finely balanced tie.

Three months ago, when the draw for this phase of the competition was made, there was an immediate sense that the game would be balanced on a knife-edge going into the second leg. "I know him and his family well, and I know they are fine in Barcelona, which is where he needs to be".

"We know here the pitch is big and we have to stay together and try as hard as we cannot to concede goals and to go for the counter-attack as well." .

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