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Marcos Alonso has defended Thibaut Courtois after the goalkeeper's errors proved costly in Chelsea's elimination at the hands of Barcelona in their Champions League last-16 tie.

Conte's side were knocked out of the Champions League on Wednesday as Lionel Messi-inspired Barcelona won 3-0 in their last-16 second leg clash at the Camp Nou. Messi reached his 100th goal in 123 matches, while the Real Madrid star needed 144 games. Overall the aggregate score was 4-1 with the match at Stamford Bridge ending in a 1-1 draw.

"They want to fight a lot and in the game at home we suffered a lot, they run a lot and have risky players".

"I'm happy to have reached 100 goals in such a handsome competition but the important thing was to move forward in a hard match against a team with lots of really good players", Messi, who became a father for the third time last weekend, was quoted as saying by Marca.

"Last season we were very good to reach the final at Wembley". The best in the world. This type of player is born [once] in 50 years. "We have to make sure we play in the Champions League next year". The hosts also stayed in contention for a rare treble of titles.

"Now we have this possibility to reach for another time the semi-final".

Chelsea are now fifth in the Premier League, eight points ahead of rivals Arsenal, and four points behind Tottenham. It is now in fifth place.

"There is a chance to do something special in the Cup this season, but Tottenham are a fantastic team", Swansea striker Tammy Abraham said.

But Messi needed very little to poke a hole in Chelsea's wall.

"This is a great story for Barcelona and Messi".

The Argentine forward targeted the only gap available- the slot in-between the legs of Courtois.

I've played against him [Messi] a lot of times, conceded goals through my legs with him, for a goalkeeper like me from two metres that's probably the weakest point through your legs because if I'm standing in a normal position there's a lot of space in between. "It goes with his character and the responsibility he feels for the team".

Barcelona doubled the lead around the twenty-minute mark when the former Barcelona midfielder Cesc Fabregas lost possession, Messi broke at pace and squared the ball for Ousmane Dembele to fire home his first goal for the club.

According to, Conte will be given until the end of the season before Chelsea finally remove the Italian.

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