WILLIAN has admitted Chelsea will be powerless to stopping Lionel Messi doing “whatever he wants” in their crunch Champions League clash in Barcelona this evening (7.45pm).
Their latest result in Barcelona’s stadium was the infamous 2-2 back in 2012 on their way to winning the Champions League.
Only Gary Cahill remains at Chelsea from that squad but Antonio Conte will take heart from his side’s positive performance at Stamford Bridge three weeks ago.
Chelsea’s success will largely depend on how they cope with Messi, who is enjoying another incredible season.
The Argentina international has scored 32 goals in 41 games as well as providing 16 assists.
And Willian admits Chelsea will have to be on their toes at all times to keep a close eye on Messi.
“We know the quality of Messi. We know the quality of Barcelona,” Willian said.
“They have a lot of players with great quality.
“Of course, we have to keep our eye on Messi because he’s great.
“He can do whatever he wants on the pitch.
“We have to prepare ourselves to look at him, but at the whole team of Barcelona as well.”