Wednesday, 21 November, 2018

Courtois a 'great goalkeeper' despite Barca errors, says Alonso

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Julia Gonzales | 18 March, 2018, 01:32

Barca will learn their Champions League quarter-final opponents when the draw takes place on Friday.

Antonio Conte has set his sights on winning the FA Cup and qualifying for the Champions League as Chelsea bid to bounce back from their disappointment in Barcelona.

Many claimed the difference between the sides was the pressnce of Messi, who was showered with acclaim from the likes of Antonio Conte, among many others, after full-time at the Nou Camp for his virtuoso display.

"You can't say we've had much luck: we've drawn the most hard team, the best team in the world".

"We fight until the end of every competition. But we played strong as a team", Messi said. You saw until the last minutes today that we can play against any team and now we have eight finals. "So for this reason I will pick up the best solution for tomorrow's game".

Asked to explain why he was prepared to talk so soon given most players would opt to avoid the limelight in that situation, he added: "I don't want to hide my face behind the fact I made a mistake".

Sky Sports suspend Jamie Carragher for spitting on teenage girl
It won't happen again. "I apologise because I know that will put a lot of my supporters' families and friends in a hard position". But the Sky Sports reporter did not believe that he was in the wrong for retaliating to the tweet.

Chelsea have won just five of 17 matches in all competitions since the turn of the year, and the nature of their defeat to Barcelona has raised fears that they may be unable to regain momentum in the final weeks of the season, but Conte said his players do not have time to dwell on their disappointment.

"He started to play with Barcelona and for sure he will finish his career in Barcelona". A club spokesman said: "We are aware of reports of incidents outside the ground before the game where a number of Chelsea fans were hurt..." It was a pity to go out especially after two good performances against Barcelona, but this is football and it is life.

Messi struck after 126 seconds, netting through the legs of the hapless Thibaut Courtois, and struck his 100th Champions League goal, again through the Chelsea goalkeeper's legs.

Thibaut Courtois was beaten through his legs twice by Lionel Messi against Barca, the goalkeeper accepting he made mistakes in the tie, but Conte indicated he will not take the Belgium worldwide out of the firing line.

"We deserved more, but against this team you can not concede and then miss chances", Alonso added.

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