Chelsea v Barca: Conte demands positive reaction - FCNaija

Champions League By: Ambrose Udeme | 11/12/2017

Italian manager Antonio Conte has urged Nigeria's Victor Moses and his Blues' team-mates to remain positive despite being drawn against European football powerhouse Barcelona in the Champions League last 16.

In 12 Champions League meetings between Chelsea and Barcelona, the Blues have won four, drawn five and lost three. Their most recent meeting was in 2014, with the tie ending in a 2-2 draw.

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Chelsea who were the only English team to make it through as runners-up, with the other four sides all topping their respective groups have arguably been handed the most difficult tie.

"It's a draw. Our reaction must be positive,” Conte said on Monday ahead of Tuesday's Premier League clash at Huddersfield. “When you are in this stage you must be ready to face every team. In this case we must be ready to face Barcelona.

"When you play against Barcelona you must put 120 percent at home and away if you want to hope to go to the next round." Conte said according to The Independent

The first leg takes place at Stamford Bridge on February 20 - and is scheduled to be followed by Premier League matches at Manchester United (February 24) and Manchester City (March 3) - with the second leg at the Nou Camp on March 14.

And Conte's immediate focus is on the Premier League after last Saturday's loss at West Ham saw the Blues slip 14 points behind City as the Italian dismissed past battles with Barca.