Misfiring strikers continue to give Antonio Conte cause for concern

Former Chelsea midfielder Frank Lampard stated that the side will have to bring out their best game if they have to get past Barcelona to seal a berth in the quarterfinals of the Champions League.

Conte watched his former club Juventus eliminate Tottenham Hotspur at Wembley last week despite drawing the first leg at home but does not feel his current squad is capable of emulating the Italian club's streetwise approach in their own fixture at Barça.

"We don't have that experience and you have to build the experience over years".

The Belgian has played a starring role in two Premier League title triumphs since his arrival at the club back in the summer of 2012, firmly etching his name into the Chelsea hall of fame.

"It is extra motivation for sure, something to look at and admire and to make me fight for it", he said.

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The Frenchman is an increasingly favourable option at the Camp Nou, where Chelsea will expect to be starved of the ball, given Hazard's reluctance to play through the middle and the reality that Álvaro Morata is still struggling for form and confidence.

The veteran feels that Chelsea can not waste opportunities like they did against Crystal Palace and will have to bring their best game to oust the unbeaten Barcelona.

"There were a lot of players who didn't give me the sort of commitment and desire, if you like, to win the ball and run around", Hodgson said.

"We have many players who need experience - Andreas Christensen, Tiemoue Bakayoko, we have a lot of players playing for the first time or the second time in the Champions League". "It would be unfair to put it totally on him. In this case I think he could have avoided the yellow card".

"They're going to have to bash us over the head to get us down - we're not going to surrender in any way".

  • Tabitha Byrd