Puyol tells Chelsea how they can worry Barcelona


'God save the king': Magical Messi slays Chelsea in Champions League, reaches 100 goals

Costa who was released out of Chelsea squad by manager Antonio Conte, sealed his move back to Spain to keep his World Cup hopes alive.

Wigan is the only non-Premier League side left in the competition.

He then teed up Ousmane Dembele to double Barca's lead in the second leg of the last-16 clash before registering a century of Champions League goals on his 123rd appearance to complete a 3-0 victory, 4-1 on aggregate.

At a press conference, the 48-year-old told reporters: "Every trophy is important for us". We are talking about one single player with this capacity, with this ability, with these skills. "He was responsible for the result".

Chelsea striker Olivier Giroud believes his team deserved more. "He's writing with his team-mates a great story with Barcelona". Thibaut Courtois is regularly talked about as one of the best goalkeepers in Europe, but he was one of the worst performers on Wednesday. "We lost the ball a lot, especially in the second half and we didn't have the structure in our game that we had wanted".

The UEFA Champions League quarter-final draw will take place at UEFA headquarters in Nyon on Friday at 1200 GMT/17.30 IST.

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That comes after only being a substitute as Chelsea were knocked out of the Champions League by Barcelona this week. He said: "I think we have to try to do both".

"I think when you have the opportunity to make a great compliment to Messi, it is right to recognize a super, super, super top player", Conte said. We created chances and could have scored, but Barcelona were superior.

Often seen as a pro Real Madrid newspaper, Marca also acknowledged the Argentine's brilliance.

The Chelsea boss did seem to take into account the fact his players had not had much time to recover by only running light physical and stretching exercises before cutting the session short.

"Despite the blue resistance, with a tireless Willian, there's no way to beat Bar-a when Messi decides to play". Pochettino has played it down in recent weeks, saying consistent improvement in the Champions League and Premier League is what really matters, but he is coming to the end of his ninth season in coaching and has yet to win a title. I must be very proud of my players because they gave everything.

"He is not bothered about being on the halfway line and the rhythm of the game, he wants to be on the knife edge of the game".

AC Milan and Celtic have also suffered against Messi's brilliance, both conceding eight, while Bayer Leverkusen have shipped seven in just three matches against him.

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