Conte lauds Willian as Chelsea set sights on Barcelona

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Chelsea are underdogs for Wednesday's second leg at the Nou Camp, where Barca's star-studded side will start with a potentially crucial away goal, having drawn 1-1 at Stamford Bridge in the first leg.

Antonio Conte has insisted that he will still use Eden Hazard as a "false nine" again as long as it is in Chelsea's interest and believes his players should express their dissatisfaction with their roles internally.

"For sure, Juventus showed great resilience, they suffered a lot and, in the right minute, they killed Tottenham".

Asked how he feels about players voicing their dissatisfaction to the press, Conte replied with a story from his past.

"You can see when a player is in great form, I'm the first to pick him in the starting XI", he said.

Chelsea beat Barcelona en route to winning the 2012 Champions League.

He was understudy to Hazard in 2015, when they won the Premier League title under Jose Mourinho, and against under Conte a year ago. "Then I have to decide who has to go on the bench".

"But the result was fantastic and the rest is history. But the commitment of all my players was good". It is an important game and we want to try to get three points. We have to work as a team and to try to be ready. But in the public arena of Premier League football, those private struggles can be cruelly exposed, as Álvaro Morata and Olivier Giroud found at Stamford Bridge on Saturday evening.

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The former Juventus coach also admits that his team's confidence has been affected following recent defeats to the likes of Bournemouth and Watford.

"That meant a win".

"We could've clearly had three, four or five, even, with the chances we created".

After a 3-1 win for second-placed Juventus over leaders Parma, Conte was on worldwide duty when he faced the media and was asked about the Serie A game. "That's all that matters". "We will see [on Saturday] the final decision".

"For me, not a chance it was a foul".

Palace boss Roy Hodgson barely disguised his criticism of striker Christian Benteke, who was taken off at half-time as the return of Wilfried Zaha transformed the visitors.

Palace are now without a win in seven games.

"We don't have this experience and you have to build this experience in the years".

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