Antonio Conte insists Chelsea’s performance in their 1-1 draw against Barcelona gives his side “confidence” to “do something incredible” in the second leg.
Willian gave the Blues a lead on 62 minutes when he bent a lovely effort into the net from outside the area before Lionel Messi had the final say in the match when he punished Andreas Christensen’s defensive error to equalise for Barca.
“We were very close to the perfect game,” Conte told BT Sport. “One mistake and we know very well when you make a mistake against Barcelona and players like Messi, Suarez and Iniesta you pay.
“It is a pity. I am very proud for my players. They followed what we prepared.
“It’s a pity. tonight we were a bit unlucky.
“I think when you play this game you must have a plan and respect the characteristics of the opponent. Our plan was really good. The effort of the players was great, we are talking about 1-1 and maybe we deserved more.
“I think in the second leg we have to play a game against Barcelona and we know his team is very strong and fantastic.
“The final result and qualification is open, it will be very difficult but our performance gives confidence to try and do something incredible.”