Chelsea manager Antonio Conte is set to talk to his players about the way they should approach getting past Barcelona in their Champions League tie this week, according to the Guardian.
The Blues make the trip to Spain to face Barcelona on Wednesday with the two sides locked at 1-1 after the first leg of the round of 16 clash at Stamford Bridge three weeks ago.
Conte is reportedly set to play a natural striker in the game after opting to use Eden Hazard in the false nine position in the first tie, which wasn’t too effective. The Chelsea boss was subject to criticism as a result of this decision.
This looks like being Olivier Giroud for the second leg, with him appearing to be ahead of Spanish striker Alvaro Morata in the pecking order as the club look to progress through to the quarter-finals of the illustrious competition.
Conte is set to hold a meeting with his side before travelling out to Spain tomorrow morning ahead of the return leg.
the Italian spoke about his thoughts in a recent interview:
Sometimes it is important also to share the responsibility with the players that you have to prepare for this type of game.
In every game I have to decide the starting XI and not the players, because the players are the players and the manager is the manager.
But sometimes, before this type of game, it is more important to involve totally the players and then to listen.
This tie seems close and, for this reason, I think that we have to try the best plan for the game against Barcelona.