Chelsea ready for Barca — Cesc

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Chelsea 's 1-1 home draw with Atletico Madrid proved costly as Roma took advantage to top Group C.

Furthermore, Chelsea lost to Besiktas in Istanbul the last time the two sides faced up.

"But let's not lie as well, let's hope we dodge them and progress".

"We must be ready".

Barcelona coach Ernesto Valverde will be without central defender Samuel Umtiti for around 2 months after the French international tore a muscle against Celta Vigo at the weekend, while Javier Mascherano, who is also out through injury, has said that his time at Barca is coming to an end.

Weaknesses: Despite the good form of veterans Antonio Valencia and Ashley Young, the suspicion remains that United are short in the full-back areas. Losing a three-goal lead to draw 3-3 in Sevilla summed up the panic which often exists in the Reds' rearguard.

Marcus Rashford ensured Manchester United progressed to the last 16 as group winners as they came from behind to see off CSKA Moscow.

Christensen should have equalised from a Cesc Fabregas cross 10 minutes later, but the Chelsea defender somehow headed wide of the open goal.

"How we've not won that game is incredible".

Onyekuru was on from start to finish.

Pep Guardiola's side emerged as 2-1 winners in September last year, and a repeat of that result this weekend would leave them 11 points clear at the top of the Premier League standings.

Conte's focus through a period crowded with fixtures is to take a step-by-step approach. But we are Chelsea and we have to be ready for everything.

Is Lionel Messi the man to avoid in the Champions League knockout stages?

"We have no excuses".

It's 2005 and it happens in a split second. "For us it's very important to look at ourselves".

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