Antonio Conte says Chelsea should embrace the problem of being handed a frightening Champions League tie towards Barcelona.
Chelsea have been pitted with the leaders of La Liga when the draw for the final 16 came about in Nyon on Monday.
“Our response have to be optimistic,” mentioned head coach Conte in a information convention forward of Tuesday’s Premier League assembly with Huddersfield City.
“As we all know very effectively, when you find yourself on this stage you have to be able to face each staff. On this case we have to be able to face Barcelona.
“If you play Barcelona, you need to put in 120 per cent at house and away if you wish to hope to go to the following spherical.”
The 2 groups have met on 5 earlier events within the Champions League knockout levels, however Conte added: “The previous is the previous. Now it is the current, one other story. It’s very totally different.
“I believe this sort of recreation is a good probability for each participant to indicate the fitting worth. Each participant has to play in the fitting method.”
Forward of the primary leg towards Barca on February 20, the Italian is concentrated on making certain Chelsea’s home type improves.
The reigning Premier League champions sit 14 factors behind leaders Manchester Metropolis after struggling a fourth defeat of the top-flight season at West Ham on Saturday.
“I believe our precedence have to be the league, have to be to attempt to keep up and attempt to combat for a Champions League place. That have to be our precedence on this second,” mentioned Conte.
“Then when it is going to be the second to play towards Barcelona we are going to begin to consider the sport towards Barcelona.
“We have to be very life like to grasp that this league could be very harmful. Now we have to go recreation by recreation.”