Barcelona 3-0 Chelsea (4-1) – Chelsea crash out of Champions League

Chelsea boss Antonio Conte said his side have ”no regrets”, despite crashing out of the Champions League to Barcelona last night 3-0 and 4-1 on aggregate.

Lionel Messi scored a brace and set up Ousmane Dembele for the other as the Spanish side ran out comfortable winners at the Nou Camp.

Following a 1-1 draw at Stamford Bridge in the first leg, Chelsea travelled to Barcelona knowing they had to score an away goal but never really gained a foothold in the game.

It was a heavy defeat in the end for The Blues but Conte feels the result and the match stats were not a fair reflection of the game.

Conte told BBC Sport: “If you watch the game, you can see the final result is unfair.

“We didn’t deserve to lose 3-0,

“We were a bit unlucky.

“I think we created many chances but we didn’t take them. I must be very proud about my players – they gave everything and we have to continue in this way, with this will to fight and desire to fight together.”

Messi’s first goal came after just two minutes, comfortably guiding the ball past Thibaut Courtois, which was incidentally the fastest goal the Argentinian has ever scored and Conte was very complementary of the Barcelona forward.

“We are talking about the best player in the world,” said Conte.

“He scores 60 goals every season – he is a super top player. Barcelona were very clinical.”

Chelsea did respond well and had the majority of possession, as they fashioned out a few half chances before they were hit on a break by Barcelona as Messi weaved his way through and laid on Dembele to drill home the second.

Also before half-time wing-back Marcus Alonso came within inches of getting Chelsea back in the game as he hit the post with a free-kick.

The dangerous Alonso was then denied a penalty minutes later as he was brought down by Gerard Pique, which infuriated the Chelsea players and Conte.

Midway through the second half, Alonso had another chance when he was put in on goal but was denied by a last ditch challenge from Dembele who tracked back well.

Messi then hammered the final nail in the Chelsea coffin in the 63rd minute as he again waltzed his way through The Blues’ defence and struck through the legs of Courtois to seal Barcelona’s passage to the quarter-final stage.

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