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sbobet 789 Barcelona hold "a great advantage" heading into the second leg of their last-16 Champions League tie with Chelsea at the Nou Camp on Wednesday night, according to Antonio Conte.
The Premier League champions drew 1-1 with Barca in the first encounter, with Lionel Messi's late strike - his first-ever against Chelsea at the ninth attempt - cancelling out Willian's effort at Stamford Bridge.
Conte, however, thinks his side still have a chance of progressing to the quarter-finals of Europe's premier club competition, the draw for which takes place on Friday morning.
"It's a fantastic stadium with a big pitch," said the Italian. "I think that every single player must be excited playing this type of game. A lot of my players have never played in this stadium. This is the first time and we want to do our best.
"In the first leg we played a really good game - almost a perfect game - against a team I consider one of the best in the world. The final result for the first leg gives a great advantage to Barcelona. We know their philosophy will be to win the game and we have to try to do our best, have great concentration and keep our heads." sbobet 789
Meanwhile, Willian says Chelsea must play the "perfect" game to advance to the last eight.
A memorable display in adversity at the Nou Camp saw Chelsea advance ahead of Barca in April 2012 and they went on to win the competition.
"I was watching that game, but for me every game has history," the Brazilian said when asked about that 2-2 draw.
"This game already is in the past. Tomorrow will be a new history, new game.
"I think for us to go through we have to do a perfect game with the ball and without the ball. That's the most important thing. To go through to the next round we have to do a perfect game tomorrow."
Ernesto Valverde, though, knows Chelsea's counter-attacking ability, with players like Eden Hazard and Willian, means Barca must capitalise on any dominant spells they may have in the game.
"We will try to find a secret formula," said the Barca boss, whose team are eyeing up an 11th straight Champions League quarter-final.
"I don't think we have it, but just to keep working, keep pushing, keep trying.
"(But) it's a double-edged sword. We cannot be on top of them for the whole match, because the last season they were the team with the best counter attack in the Premier League."
Ernesto Valverde says his side will have to soak up pressure on Wednesday
Willian scored in the first leg and has five goals in five games. Valverde knows the Brazilian is a danger to the Catalans.
"He's been playing really great with Chelsea," he said.
"He's finding the back of the net easily. He's a player we have to take into account. When players of that quality are on a good streak they can score easily." sbobet 789