Conte explained: 'We have been analysing this team for a long time.
"A bad result against Chelsea could turn the good season we are having into one that's not so good". "We've played a lot of games, here you don't rest at Christmas and it was a good moment to refresh a lot of players, not just Hazard, also Azpilicueta, Marcos [Alonso] and the ideal way to prepare".
The Blues head coach accepts his side must produce a ideal performance in Tuesday's last-16 Champions League first leg at Stamford Bridge to stand any chance of eliminating Barcelona.
"This is a different opponent".
Fabregas is quoted as saying by the Daily Express: "They try to put the first pressure very high, always work towards the ball".
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A common malady for golfers of every shape, size and stature, bringing his game to the course is a far more hard task. He said after the round that he simply didn't feel good about putting all day. "My wedge game is fine", Woods said.
Conte believes it would be unsafe for Chelsea to focus exclusively on stopping Messi, who has never scored against the Premier League champions.
"I hope to continue this tradition [of Messi not scoring against Chelsea] but I repeat we are talking about a fantastic player and we must have great respect", Conte added. "On the other hand we must be excited because we have a great opportunity to play a massive game against a really strong team and to show which is our level". We've played together from when I was 18 years old.
"It will be odd for sure at the start but it will be good to see my old team-mates again who I played with for so many years. Because I think that when we feel this type of challenge to man-mark [a player], Messi can become very risky".
"But now yes, we are continuing to work very well and very hard".
The former Monaco midfielder has struggled to adapt to life in the Premier League following his £36m move and Bakayoko is a player who is seriously low on confidence after receiving a red card in Chelsea's 4-1 defeat to Watford at the start of February.