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Chelsea v Barcelona Drawn Together In Champions League

12 December 2017
Chelsea v Barcelona Drawn Together In Champions League

"We are very optimistic, we are confident and want to keep going in this competition".

Challenging them for the title will be a record five English clubs through to the last 16, with Chelsea facing the most challenging hurdle in the shape of La Liga giants Barcelona.

"We will see who arrives better for the dates of the game. As I always say, we need to be ready to play all the teams and we will be ready". I like to win. I like to win and when we lose, I'm not happy.

"This league is not simple".

Chelsea have been regulars in the Champions League for more than a decade now (barring the 2016/17 season) and there have been several mouth watering clashes with top teams across Europe in the round of 16.

"I think our priority must be the league, must be to try to stay up and try to fight for a Champions League place".

Sevilla got Manchester United, whiile Porto will face Liverpool.

"It's important to find a solution in this moment and not to look too far (ahead)", he added.

Wide cracks in the relationship between manager and board had begun to show around the end of the transfer window, with the Italian frustrated with the club's inability to bring in his top targets while their Premier League rivals struggled with no such issues.

Midfielder Danny Drinkwater missed the West Ham loss through illness, while defender David Luiz is being monitored over his knee injury.

Conte reiterated it is "impossible" for Chelsea to defend their Premier League title after suffering their fourth top-flight defeat of the season away at West Ham on Saturday.

Conte later told a briefing with daily newspapers that Morata would not be available for the trip to Huddersfield.