CL: Marcos Alonso rejoins Chelsea training for Barcelona tie

  • CL: Marcos Alonso rejoins Chelsea training for Barcelona tie

CL: Marcos Alonso rejoins Chelsea training for Barcelona tie

Joe Wilson says that it "will bite Chelsea on the arse not playing a proper striker", while Anthony Williams describes it as "unforgivable from Conte" not playing a proper striker.

"He's one of, if not the, best player in the world".

The complaints aren't as common as they once were, but after training at Stamford Bridge ahead of their Champions League match against Chelsea, Barcelona's coaches are said to be concerned with what they found.

"I was exhausted after we won the first game [1-0], mentally and physically". We have to go there and play the same game'. Chelsea is aiming to continue the Premier League's strong form in this year's Champions League; both Manchester City and Liverpool earned lopsided victories in their opening matches of the knockout stage last week. Hazard has tallied 15 goals and nine assists, including an on-field presence that requires attention that of Lionel Messi's.

"I'm happy with the goal but I'm a bit sad with the result", he said. Let's hope they have a more competent referee for what could turn out to be their most important game of the season.

The Chelsea forward has flattered to deceive in this competition and, despite his outstanding performances in the Premier League, it would be hard to single out a game in the Champions League that Hazard has dominated and made a crucial difference.

Chelsea manager Antonio Conte resembled a manic orchestra conductor throughout the first half, going through his full repertoire of gesticulations, while his opposite number Ernesto Valverde was a study in measured calm. They won't hide, they like to play attacking football - if you let them. If they can take at least one of them, Chelsea can make it to the quarterfinals.

"I have to speak more with the managers who are very, very good to persuade their clubs to spend money and buy top players". He has struggled to reproduce the standards of last year's title-winning campaign and former Barcelona boss Luis Enrique has been linked with the post. Up front they will look to hurt the Catalans through key man Eden Hazard who starts with Pedro and Willian.