Conte: Shared responsibility
news Mon 12 Mar 2018
Antonio Conte says Chelsea's chances of success against Barcelona on Wednesday hang on the whole team working together, both on the pitch and in the build-up.
After a 1-1 draw at Stamford Bridge, the tie is delicately balanced as the second leg at Camp Nou approaches, with a place in the Champions League quarter-finals at stake.
Faced with the prospect of arguably our toughest fixture of the season so far, Conte knows both he and his players will need to get their preparations spot on to claim victory in Spain.
'Now we have to prepare for the game, but I think sometimes it is important also to share the responsibility with the players who will be playing when you have to prepare this type of game,' said the Italian.
'Of course, every game I have to pick the starting XI, because the players are the players and the manager is the manager, but sometimes in this type of game it is more important to involve totally the players and then to listen, because this game seems so close, and we have to try to have the best plan for the game against Barcelona.
'We play an important game, it won't be easy, but we have to try to find the best solution to face this game.'
Given our opponents' ability to dominate possession, especially on home soil, we will also need to show plenty of patience and concentration in waiting for our opportunities and making the most of them when they arrive.
'We must be very good but when you play against this type of team, which I think is one of the best in the world, you must be prepared to suffer, in the same way we did in the first leg, where I think we were almost perfect,' stated Conte.
'This is not a [Chelsea] team with great experience, we have a lot of players who are playing their first or second season in the Champions League, but we have to work as a team and try to be ready to suffer the moments we have to suffer, and in every moment we have to know that we can have a chance to score.'