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  • Chelsea face Barcelona in the Champions League last-16 on Wednesday night
  • The Blues began their journey from their Cobham training ground on Tuesday
  • Eden Hazard and Cesc Fabregas led the Blues as they boarded their coach
  • Antonio Conte's side head to the Nou Camp with the tie hanging in the balance

By Jaime Wright For Mailonline

Published: 10:51 EDT, 13 March 2018 | Updated: 11:18 EDT, 13 March 2018

The Chelsea squad set sail on their journey to Barcelona on Tuesday afternoon ahead of their Champions League last-16 tie at the Nou Camp.

Antonio Conte's men began their trip from the club's Cobham training base as they were filmed boarding the team coach before heading to the airport ahead of Wednesday's game.

Eden Hazard and Cesc Fabregas led the way as they were seen boarding the club coach, along with captain Gary Cahill and goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois. 

Tiemoue Bakayoko (left) and Thibaut Courtois prepare to jet off to Barcelona on Tuesday
Tiemoue Bakayoko (left) and Thibaut Courtois prepare to jet off to Barcelona on Tuesday

Tiemoue Bakayoko (left) and Thibaut Courtois prepare to jet off to Barcelona on Tuesday

Blues striker Olivier Giroud winks at the camera as he boards the coach in the Cobham car park
Blues striker Olivier Giroud winks at the camera as he boards the coach in the Cobham car park

Blues striker Olivier Giroud winks at the camera as he boards the coach in the Cobham car park

Eden Hazard and Cesc Fabregas make for the team coach as they begin journey to Barcelona
Eden Hazard and Cesc Fabregas make for the team coach as they begin journey to Barcelona

Eden Hazard and Cesc Fabregas make for the team coach as they begin journey to Barcelona

After battling out an entertaining 1-1 draw at Stamford Bridge at the end of February, the last-16 tie hangs in the balance with Chelsea looking to keep up their chase for a piece of silverware this season. 

Chelsea are now four points adrift of the fourth and final Champions League spot, behind Liverpool, and are in danger of missing out on the competition for the second time in three seasons. 

Travelling Blues supporters will hope Willian can reproduce the form he showed in the first leg at the Bridge after his goal gave them a first-half lead. 

Willian, who could have easily had a hat-trick on the night, travelled with the squad and is expected to start against Valverde's Barca side on Wednesday night. 

Goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois makes his way to the Blues coach on Tuesday afternoon
Goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois makes his way to the Blues coach on Tuesday afternoon

Goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois makes his way to the Blues coach on Tuesday afternoon

Captain Gary Cahill boards the plane as he hopes to lead Chelsea to the quarter-finals
Captain Gary Cahill boards the plane as he hopes to lead Chelsea to the quarter-finals

Captain Gary Cahill boards the plane as he hopes to lead Chelsea to the quarter-finals

Ahead of the clash, Willian told Chelsea's official magazine that his love for football is still his motivation. 

He said: 'I think you have to enjoy yourself on the pitch. To play football, you have to be happy. I have to enjoy this moment now. When you start to play more games, or when you play every match, you have confidence and things are good for you, then you can keep smiling.

'I spent a long time practising tricks when I was young and my favourite was the elastico, which I try to do during games even now. I played like an attacker. I always wanted to attack, to have the ball, to dribble and score goals.'

Aside from European competition, Conte's side are relying on going one better in the FA Cup with a quarter-final tie with Leicester following their visit to Spain this weekend. 

More to follow. 

Willian boards the plane as he looks to build on his goal against Barcelona in the first leg
Willian boards the plane as he looks to build on his goal against Barcelona in the first leg

Willian boards the plane as he looks to build on his goal against Barcelona in the first leg

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