Chelsea star reveals what went wrong against Barcelona

Antonio Conte

The Blues' have barely put up a fight to retain their title this season, and are struggling to qualify for the Champions League, where they now sit outside the top four in the Premier League table.

With Chelsea adrift of the Champions League qualification places in the Premier League, defeat to Leicester in Sunday's FA Cup quarter-final and then to Tottenham on April 1 could result in a premature departure for Conte, whose position has been the subject of speculation all season.

Antonio Conte's side are out of Europe after a 3-0 loss at Camp Nou which began with Messi opening the scoring in the third minute.

"We have special plans to try to defend well", Conte said. We started the season to try to fight until the end for every competition.

Barcelona went on to score twice more as they won 4-1 on aggregate, with Messi adding a second goal that once again went through Courtois' legs.




The Blues reached the final last season but were beaten by Arsenal at Wembley.

Barcelona's director of institutional relations Guillermo Amor made no secret of the club's ambitions for the season when the Champions League last-eight draw was made in Nyon, Switzerland. In the last game we played at home, we suffered against them.

While Courtois did not take full blame for the result, he said he should have done better to stop Messi's opening goal, which came just 128 seconds into the game. Marcos Alonso hit the post and Olivier Giroud was unfortunate not to be awarded a penalty for a tangle with Gerard Pique as Chelsea tried to launch a comeback, before Messi killed the tie with his 100th Champions League goal. For both of Messi's goals, the Argentine put the ball through Courtois' legs, and the Belgian admits the Barcelona forward exploited his weakness from close range.

He added: "I think that we are talking about two good goalkeepers, Thibaut and Willy". The weakest point is between the legs for a goalkeeper. "For this reason I'll pick the best solution for Sunday's game", he said.

"You never know what's best, whether it's better to face a team now or in a semifinal".

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