Conte: Chelsea will need a 'perfect game' to stop Barcelona and Messi

And Fabregas has no doubt Iniesta remains a fine player, especially as he has rarely had to rely on physical qualities in his career.

Despite his enduring friendship with Iniesta, Fabregas insisted he will harbour no split loyalties when facing his home town club at Stamford Bridge in the round-of-16 first-leg encounter.

There have been four Chelsea wins to three for Barca during that time and although the Blues have made a poor attempt at defending their league title, Pique believes Antonio Conte's men should not be underestimated. We have to try to have the flawless game and to try to make the best decisions for this type of team. "We must take the right time to make the best decision to pick the best XI to start that game".

'This is a different opponent. "They have a fantastic characteristic with the ball, but they can have a weakness without the ball and we must try to exploit this". "On the other hand we must be excited because we have a great opportunity to play a massive game against a really strong team and to show which is our level".

"I hope to continue this tradition [of Messi not scoring against Chelsea] but I repeat we are talking about a fantastic player and we must have great respect", Conte added.

'It won't be easy because we know very well this player.

I never saw him as an "idol" because we always played together.

"I think it was very important to have this win (over Hull) to go through to the next round and play the FA Cup quarter-final", Conte said. Pedro says that facing Barcelona on the back of two wins will help Chelsea's confidence.

The former Monaco midfielder has struggled to adapt to life in the Premier League following his £36m move and Bakayoko is a player who is seriously low on confidence after receiving a red card in Chelsea's 4-1 defeat to Watford at the start of February.

  • Angelo Rivera