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Chelsea news: Antonio Conte told to make one change for Barcelona clash
- Updated: February 23, 2018
CHELSEA boss Antonio Conte must make one change in order to get a result against Barcelona.
Chelsea held Barcelona to a 1-1 draw in the first leg of their last-16 Champions League tie on Tuesday.
Conte chose not to play a recognised striker up top, instead deploying Eden Hazard in the false number nine role.
When on the break, the Blues were able to get themselves out of danger when either Pedro, Willian or Hazard got on the ball.
Although the Blues largely contained the Catalan giants, they undid all their hard work when an Andreas Christensen error enabled Lionel Messi to profit.
With the tie in the balance, Keown thinks Conte should tinker with his side for the second leg at the Nou Camp on March 14.
And he has suggested that Pedro should make way for Alvaro Morata as he has more pace and knows where the back of the net is.
“Antonio [Conte] was hailed for his tactics against Barcelona but it is the shape he has played all season,” Keown told the Daily Mail.
“They played with a front three that gave them a pace and energy that allowed them to threaten on the break.
“Why not do that away from home in the second leg, too?
“What may be a better bet for Conte is to play Alvaro Morata instead of Pedro.
“Morata has pace, too, and he is a little more adept at scoring goals.”