Conte not scared of big guns


Chelsea boss Antonio Conte says he holds no fear over facing Barcelona or PSG after making the last 16 of the Champions League.

The Blues fought out a 1-1 draw against Atletico Madrid on Tuesday night to qualify via second place in the group and it means they could face one of the competition’s big guns in the next stage.

It means Barca, PSG or Beskitas in the last 16, and although Conte will no doubt be keeping his fingers cross hoping it is the latter, he is not scared of taking on either of the other two.

“When you go through to the next round in this competition, you must be prepared to face the best teams,” Conte said. “We could play against Barcelona, PSG or Besiktas, but we must be ready. This is the best tournament. That’s why you want to go through and try and be a protagonist in this tournament.

“At the same time, our opponents won’t be happy to play against us. We’ll see what happens. I remember during the European Championship with the national team we finished first in our group and played against Spain, then Germany and, if we’d beaten Germany, we’d have to play France. Sometimes it’s not so important [to finish first].

“We reached the next round and we must be happy with this. After a performance like this, the coach must be [happy].”