Barcelona 3 Chelsea 0 (4-1 on aggregate)

Courtois 'too late' in closing his legs to Messi, Conte heaps praise on the best in the world

The 2017 FA Cup semifinal defeat by Chelsea was a kick in the teeth, as was March's Champions League exit at the hands of Juventus after a 2-1 loss at Wembley.

After the club's defeat to Barcelona in the Champions League, Chelsea are left to focus on trying to win the competition, as well as finish in the top four of the Premier League table.

Chelsea were level at 1-1 going into the match at the Camp Nou but after two minutes and eight seconds, a mistake from Courtois saw Lionel Messi score from a tight angle through the legs of the Belgium global.

"When you have the opportunity to make a great compliment to Messi, I think it's right", Conte said. "I don't know, we can only look forward, to try and fight for a spot in the Champions League and win the FA Cup".

Conte will be taking no risks with his team selection as Chelsea aim to reach the final for the second year in a row, having lost to London rivals Arsenal last season. We try to do our best in every competition.

Barcelona fans had put up an incredible tifo to show their gratitude for the genius that is Lionel Messi during their UEFA Champions League clash with Chelsea at the Nou Camp and the Argentine responded to their gesture with a thank-you post on Instagram. He said: They scored off our mistakes, I think apart from that we played well, defended well, hit the crossbar twice today, think that's a bit unlucky but mostly our individual mistakes cost us. Courtois evidently did not expect that, and admitted the same after the game and added that Barcelona capitalized on the mistakes committed by the players on the field.

Messi opened the scoring after two minutes and eight seconds, the quickest goal of his career, slipping the ball through Thibaut Courtois' legs from a tight angle.

Speaking during BT Sport's coverage of the game, Ferdinand said of the first goal conceded by Courtois: "The goalkeeper has got to do better there". The weakest point is between the legs for a goalkeeper.

"Now we are not playing every three days", the Italian added.

"On Sunday I will try to make the best decision because we want to go the next round".

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