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Lionel Messi Barcelona

Lionel Messi Barcelona

"When you have to play this type of game, you have to prepare".

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"They didn't make as many passes as us, but they pressed high and made it hard for us".

"Barcelona's players will be thinking this tie is going to be very tough because Chelsea are still strong, still compact". "We play in a different league".

After being integrated through Barcelona's highly decorated youth system, Pedro went on to become more than just academy graduate.

The Spaniard picked up 20 trophies, including five La Liga titles and three Champions League crowns, during a seven-year spell at the Camp Nou.

An achievement that the Spaniard holds close to his heart and loves to look back on, something which makes Tuesday's clash even more important to him. "I felt we deserved to win today".

"After the FA Cup game, it was a bit hard to sleep well, because when you have to play this type of game, you have to prepare everything: the big things, and the details", said Conte, who has been under mounting pressure this season.

"It was an incredible time with a special team".

The English teams are shining in Europe this season, with Manchester City, Liverpool and Tottenham all well placed to reach the quarter-finals, however Chelsea might not have the same fortune as they face a strong side loaded with talent and experience. Press high and exploit the space behind the wing-backs on one end of the pitch, and play a high and tight defensive line on the other.

Hazard's team-mate Pedro played for Barcelona when Chelsea beat them over two legs in the 2012 Champions League semi-finals and the winger believes his current club should take heart from that performance six years ago. They have got very good tactics from the coach as well.

When asked about facing Belgium star Eden Hazard, Rakitic said: "He's probably Chelsea's best player, so we'll need to be fully prepared to try and stop him". Every season I try and do my best.

"I learned so much from them as team-mates".

As the Argentine wheeled away to celebrate in front of Barcelona's fans, Christensen was spotted gesturing towards Fabregas, clearly indicating that he wanted his Chelsea teammate to control the pass.

Barcelona have adopted a more cynical style since last meeting Chelsea, as Ernesto Valverde has eased the focus on possession in favor of a more direct, incisive approach.

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