The round of 16 tie is finely poised after a 1-1 draw between the two sides in the first leg at Stamford Bridge, where Lionel Messi's strike following a loose pass from defender Andreas Christensen cancelled out Willian's long range opener.
But the Blues' performance in that game has given boss Conte every confidence in his players' ability to cause an upset.
Of his 29 Premier League appearances this season, 13 have been off the bench, but the form he has shown recently has ensured he is at the forefront of manager Antonio Conte's thoughts. We will be playing against one of the best teams in the world. He didn't play a lot of games but despite this his commitment was incredible, he helped me a lot.
"The best way sometimes is to speak to the players, to try to find together the right plan to play this game".
"We made a lot of chances and it was a pity that they scored the goal and we had three minutes that were a bit nervous", Conte added. But sometimes, before this type of game, it is more important to involve totally the players and then to listen.
"But I think Crystal Palace are not just Zaha". "Defensively, we were very good in both games". "Morata is coming from a unusual injury in his back, he was a long time out". Otherwise I can take another decision and play with a striker.
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There's very little time to dwell on the victory, however, as Chelsea have an important Champions League encounter with Barcelona coming up on Wednesday. "We came in 2-0 down and against a team of Chelsea's pace and power on the break it could have ended very badly".
But Hodgson dismissed suggestions that he could have let Zaha start the game. I can take different decisions.
"He told me it was a lack of respect for my team-mates, first of all, and then for him, the club and the fans".
"With teams like Barcelona and Man City it is not easy to keep possession - there will be times when we need to defend and be compact", he said.
He was the leader of the team on and off the pitch, but it had to end at some point and he is now helping Villa challenge for the promotion spots as they currently sit in third place.