The former Blues boss admits the man currently at the helm is going to have to get his tactical approach spot on in a crucial Champions League clash, Chelsea boss Antonio Conte is going to find himself “on trial against Barcelona”, says Ruud Gullit, with the Italian under pressure to get his tactics right in a crucial Champions League clash.
The Blues head to Camp Nou on Wednesday for the second leg of a heavyweight last-16 encounter. A 1-1 draw at Stamford Bridge has the odds piled in Barca’s favour, with Chelsea aware that they will need to score at least once in order to reach the quarter-finals that is by no means beyond them, but a former manager at Stamford Bridge admits that Conte will have a key role to play as he endeavors to formulate a match-winning game plan.
Chelsea impressed on home soil against Barca, with Willian firing them in front on the night. The Blues were, however, unable to contain Lionel Messi for 90 minutes and the Argentine levelled matters with a priceless away goal. Conte must now encourage his side to produce a similar display in Catalunya, with the need to keep things tight having to be countered by a desire to attack.
Chelsea have never previously won at Camp Nou, in eight attempts, but they are unbeaten in their last four visits – finding the target at least once in three of those fixtures. Do they have what it takes to move on to the next round?