Former Chelsea manager Ruud Gullit has said that the current boss Antonio Conte is “on trial” against the Blaugrana.
Conte has never had European success despite enjoying plenty in the league’s he’s competed in, and Gullit believes that this means that tomorrow night’s game represents a big test for the clubs’ potentially looking to hire the Chelsea boss in the summer if he leaves Stamford Bridge.
The odds are against Chelsea after a 1-1 draw at home in the first leg, but talking to Sky Sports, Gullit said that’s its more than just the result that people will care about:
“He’s on trial against Barcelona,” the legendary Dutchman is quoted as saying.
“He’s going to show us if he has the right tactics, if he has the right changes. Look at Tottenham, look at what Juventus did – one change, two changes and the whole game changes.”
Conte is known for his tactical nous and ability to change things up during games, and his strikerless formation worked well in the first leg, but the question is whether the Italian will persist with this system even with his side knowing they need at least one goal to progress to the quarter finals.