‘I feel Messi made the distinction’ – Antonio Conte heaps reward on Barcelona man as Chelsea dumped out of Champions League


Antonio Conte hailed the impression of Lionel Messi because the Argentine inspired Barcelona to knock Chelsea out of the Champions League.

Barca gained Three-Zero on the night time, going by Four-1 on mixture after the 2 sides drew within the first leg at Stamford Bridge.

Messi scored on the Bridge to rescue a draw for his membership, and the five-time Ballon D’Or winner picked up the place he left off when he gave Barca the lead inside three minutes on the Nou Camp. 

He then turned supplier on 20 minutes for Ousmane Dembele who completed powerfully to place the hosts in management, after Messi dispossessed Cesc Fabregas in a harmful place.

Chelsea competed all through they usually have been unfortunate to not pull a purpose again simply earlier than half-time when Marcos Alonso’s good free-kick struck the put up with Marc-Andre ter Stegen overwhelmed all finally ends up.

The Blues got here out combating after the break and will have had penalty when Alonso was tripped by Gerard Pique however the referee was unmoved.

However then Messi put the tie past any doubt with a menacing run earlier than drilling the ball by Thibaut Courtois’ legs.

And Conte stated he was happy with the trouble of his gamers, insisting Messi was the distinction between the 2 sides over the 2 legs.  

Conte stated: “I feel tonight and throughout the 2 legs, I feel Messi made the distinction.

“As very properly we’re speaking about one of the best participant on the planet.

“I feel over the 2 legs we have been a bit unfortunate as a result of we hit the put up 4 instances and in our greatest second they scored, they have been very, very scientific tonight. I feel we created many probabilities however we did not take them.

“We’re speaking a few participant that each season, finishes each season with 60 targets.

“We aren’t speaking a few high participant, however a brilliant high participant.

“He made the difference but at the same time we have no regrets. I’m very proud of my players because they gave everything tonight and maybe we didn’t deserve to lose 3-0.”

Messi’s first purpose took place in stunning style after he beat Courtois at his close to put up from an acute angle, and the Belgian accepted he ought to have carried out higher. 

Courtois stated: “I did not count on Messi to shoot from there and I used to be too late to shut my legs in order that was a mistake on my half.

“It isn’t good to begin a night like that.

“For a goalkeeper like me from two metres, it is my weakest level between my legs. Even when I am standing in a traditional place there’s a whole lot of area in between.

“It is annoying however I do not suppose I’ve to cover inside. I’ve to return out and be a person and present you made a mistake and transfer on.

“I made some good saves as well, but it’s unlucky to go out to four goals where we made four mistakes.”