Iniesta's return key for Barcelona against Chelsea


It should have been 3-0 straight after the break when Courtois passed the ball straight to Suarez, but the Chelsea keeper them redeemed himself with a fine one-on-one save. Chelsea have shown that they are a very organised team with clear ideas about how they want to play and have players up front who are very risky and very quick.

Chelsea manager Antonio Conte said his side needed a flawless display to progress but they started disastrously at a packed Nou Camp when Luis Suarez teed up Messi, who squeezed a low strike through the legs of Courtois from a tight angle. "He is training and we hope he plays".

If there's one lesson that Puyol would like to pass down to this Barcelona team for tonight's fixture would be to never underestimate the Premier League champions.

"I think over the two legs we were a bit unlucky because we hit the post four times".

The Blues striker netted nine times in his opening eight games in all competitions following his summer move.

"Over the two legs, Messi made the difference and we know very well we are talking about the best player in the world", said Conte.

Hazard has grown frustrated in recent weeks with his lone role up front but when asked to compare the 27-year-old Belgian with Iniesta - who will soon be 34 - Conte seemed to lay down a challenge.

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Both teams are moving into this game after managing wins over the weekend. Mousa Dembele has recovered from the injuries and could make the cut to replace Iniesta for few minutes. The tifo is dedicated to Messi and the warning of Chelsea head coach Antonio Conte that his team would "have to suffer" to get through to the quarter-finals proved prophetic.

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"I don't know if tomorrow he could play".

"Now, I think Chelsea will play a similar game: very strong in defence and look for counter-attacks".

Chelsea midfielder Marcos Alonso said he thought his side "were a little bit unlucky" to concede early and had squandered opportunities to get back into the game.

"We managed to score early and this was important".

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