Owen Hargreaves offers Chelsea one positive ahead of Barcelona clash
Manchester United legend Owen Hargreaves legend admits he feels sorry for Chelsea after the title holders drew Barcelona in the Champions League last-16 draw
Owen Hargreaves admits he feels sorry for Chelsea supporters but is backing Antonio Conte to find a way to beat Barcelona in the Champions League last 16.
The Blues finished in second place in their Champions League group after recording three victories in six group-stage games to end up behind Serie A giants AS Roma.
Chelsea were left with three potential opponents in the last 16 as the Blues looked to draw Turkish club Besiktas rather than La Liga giants Barcelona and Ligue 1 side Paris Saint-Germain.
The west London side were drawn against Barcelona as the two clubs prepare to renew their Champions League rivalry on 20 February.
Conte is looking to win the Champions League for the first time after securing two Serie A titles and the Premier League crown during his managerial career so far.
Former Manchester City and Manchester United midfielder Hargreaves believes Conte is the right manager to come up with some tactical system to beat the La Liga leaders.
“I feel sorry for Chelsea fans. Barcelona are a difficult one,” Hargreaves told BT Sport.
“It’s really tough but Conte is the one man [who can do it]. With the tactics he uses, he could find a way for them to get a result against Barcelona.”
Chelsea are looking to win the Champions League for the first time since 2012 when the Blues beat Bundesliga outfit Bayern Munich in the penalty shootout at the Allianz Arena.
The Blues have lost to Burnley, Crystal Palace, Manchester City and West Ham this term.
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