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Lionel Messi produced one of the most clinical displays as he helped Barcelona to victory

Lionel Messi produced one of the most clinical displays as he helped Barcelona to victory

Messi scored three goals and made another in the two-legged last-16 tie, which Barcelona won 4-1 on aggregate. After a superb first campaign under Antonio Conte, Chelsea have gone backwards over the last nine months. "So for this reason I will pick up the best solution for tomorrow's game". It is what it is but we have to keep fighting for these last eight games because I think we deserve to play again in this competition next year. This type of player is born [once] in 50 years.

Meanwhile, Messi was quick to praise his team-mates despite having a decisive say in Barca's triumph.

Third and second-place finishes in the English Premier League and topping a UEFA Champions League group which included Real Madrid have earned him compliments aplenty.

He also tackled Cesc Fabregas in teeing up Dembele's sumptuous strike.

Thibaut Courtois has admitted to making "mistakes" in Chelsea 3-0 loss to Barcelona. So, not nice to start the evening like that, and then two other missed passes and we paid for it. It's my weakest point between my legs.

He added: "I think we have to try to do both".

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Conte described the start as "terrible", but was pleased with the response.

"There have been a lot of positives in the two legs against Barcelona and we have to show the same desire in the next games and make sure that we win every game". Over the two legs we hit the post four times.

"You never know what's best, whether it's better to face a team now or in a semifinal". If you score (to make it) 2-1 you can put a bit of pressure on Barcelona.

"We gave them four goals - you can't give Barcelona four goals".

Barcelona could be without vital midfielder Sergio Busquets for their Champions League quarter-final first leg after the club said the Spain global would miss three weeks having injured his toe against Chelsea on Wednesday.

The Blaugrana faithful unveiled the epic banner just before kick-off on Wednesday night, with the words "Long Live The King" and an iconic picture of Messi celebrating last year's 6-1 win over PSG emblazoned across the almost 50-foot tifo.



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