Chelsea frustrate Barcelona superstar Lionel Messi like no other side

20 February 2018, 06:33 | Kristine Mills

The tie went down in Champions League folklore after several controversial decisions

The tie went down in Champions League folklore after several controversial decisions

Cesc Fabregas has revealed that communication with his friends at Barcelona has dried up as Chelsea prepare to take on the Catalan giants in the Champions League round of 16 on Tuesday.

However, if he is to finally match the heights Cristiano Ronaldo and Messi have attained, then succeeding on the world's greatest stage is the only way to do it.

The Brazilian told YouTube channel Resenha Delas: "I think they are the two biggest clubs in the world, Real Madrid and Barcelona".

An early elimination in the Champions League last sixteen, adding to a failed Premier League campaign would mean a season lost for Chelsea, and that's why I'm mentioning that the pressure will really be on their side.

Football is all about entertainment and witnessing star players doing the impossible, in Chelsea's Eden Hazard and Barcelona's Lionel Messi we should have just that.

In the next eight fixtures, Conte's said face; both legs against Barcelona, trips to Manchester City and Manchester United, London derbies against Crystal Palace, West Ham and Tottenham, and the next round of the FA Cup.

Quoted by the Guardian, Hazard said: "If you want to be one of the best, you have to play well in the big games". Speaking ahead of tonight's first leg at Stamford Bridge Hazard says Chelsea should "go for it".

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"It won't be easy because we know very well this player, we are talking about one of the best in the world". "If I want to reach that level I have to play at the best".

Chelsea were runners-up in Group C behind Roma - who are third in Serie A - only on the head-to-head rule. "Then with the ball we try what we know, what we've tried during training". We must have ambition to try and play our football.

Valverde has also taken his side seven points clear in La Liga and into the Spanish Cup final, while they are also among the favourites to win Europe's elite club competition.

"This is a game of high quality with two good teams".

"Chelsea have a very unique style of football, they know their game".

Valverde insists his opposite number has proved in several jobs throughout his career, that he is one of the best managers around. He's got the classic Italian methods: very strong defensively and can counter at any moment.

"He feels he is a leader on and off the pitch and the whole team plays around him".

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