Antonio Conte defends Andreas Christensen after error in Chelsea draw with Barcelona

"We have to respect the opponent and when you play against Barcelona you know very well that if you go box to box that is insane", Conte said, per BBC Sport.

Chelsea manager Antonio Conte resembled a manic orchestra conductor throughout the first half, going through his full repertoire of gesticulations, while his opposite number Ernesto Valverde was a study in measured calm.

Super Eagles forward, Victor Moses was in action as Chelsea blew away a hard-earned one-goal lead in their Champions League last16 encounter with Barcelona at Stamford Bridge on Tuesday night. They followed what I had prepared for them.

"Something has seeped into the players because when you reel off the names of the teams that have beaten Chelsea, with no disrespect, Chelsea should have beaten them".

"I just feel that in his own eyes and his own vision, the game just slows down for him", the former Manchester United defender said. "The game could not only be 1-0 but 2-0, or 4-0, 5-0, 6-0".

Asked about the mistake for the goal, Chelsea boss Conte said: I think Christensen's performance was a very good performance, an incredible performance. "We did one mistake but we know very well against these opponents and players like Messi, Iniesta and Suarez if you make a mistake, you pay".

"It won't be easy, we must be realistic because we are talking about Barcelona, and they showed they are a fantastic, strong team tonight. You must play an intelligent game, we are not stupid".

The ball fell to Iniesta, who passed to Messi who made no mistake to score his first goal against the Blues in nine games.

Antonio Rudiger flicked Willian's right-wing corner wide, then Paulinho missed an even better aerial chance when picked out by Messi, planting his header wide of the post. "It is hard when they have eight players behind the ball".

Speaking to Belgian media after the game, Hazard spoke the about the return leg, our chances of qualifying for the next round and the tactics needed to achieve this. "The away goal was not definitive but it was significant". "We were just lacking a bit of quality in the final third and they defended very well".

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