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Chelsea will play Barcelona in the second round of the Champions League, as European football resumes in February.

Barcelona have already strengthened their squad with the signing of Philippe Countinho from Liverpool for a whopping fee worth around £146 million.

Chelsea boss Antonio Conte was asked of the deal and if Countinho was worth that much, in his press conference after the goalless draw against Norwich.

He said: “You’re talking about a player with another team. For sure, the valuation is a big valuation.

“You’re talking about a good player, but with this price, it’s very difficult to compete with.”

And he also thinks it will affect Liverpool’s top four chances, as he added: “For sure. But Liverpool is a really good team and they have a really good coach. There are three places for five teams in the Champions League.”

Unfortunately, Coutinho is cup tied and won’t play against Chelsea in the Champions League.

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