Conte: Messi the ‘difference’ in Barca defeat

Chelsea were knocked out of the Champions League last night, as they slipped to a disappointing 3-0 defeat to Barcelona in the Nou Camp.

The Blues played really well for large parts of the game, but Lionel Messi was in sensational form, scoring his 99th and 100th Champions League goals and also supplying a sublime assist for Ousmane Dembele.

After the game Chelsea manager revealed that he felt his side were unlucky not to progress, and that the main difference between the sides was simply the mercurial Messi.

“Tonight in the two legs, Lionel Messi made the difference. We are talking about the best player in the world. Over the two legs we were a bit unlucky. We hit the post four times. In our best moment today they scored.

“They were very clinical. We created many chances. We are talking about a player (Messi) that every season he scores 60 goals. We are talking not about a top player but a super top player. He made the difference.

“We have no regrets. I must be pleased for the commitment. They gave everything tonight. We didn’t deserve to lose 3-0. During the game, from the bench and for me it was a clear penalty on Marcos Alonso. We have to go and move on and to prepare for the game against Leicester on Sunday.”

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