Antonio Conte is expecting his team to play Barcelona tomorrow night without any fear and insists that nothing changes, regardless of whether Lionel Messi is available.
“As I said at the press conference, what I expect is that the boys play the match with the right conviction and without fear of the opponent. We know that we will be facing one of the top clubs in the world, who are always looking to win everything,” he told Sky Sport Italia.
“We are at the beginning of a path, for us it is an important step and we must show personality and conviction by giving our best. This will be important, the result will be a consequence. It will not be easy, it is not the first time that I come here but at the same time it is important to come here and face the game in the right way.”
He was then asked what difference Lionel Messi being available or not available makes.
“For us it must not make a difference. If he were to play we are talking about the best player in the world with Cristiano Ronaldo but from a tactical point of view, nothing changes. His presence would certainly change the unpredictability of Barcelona.”