Conte Describes Defeat To Barcelona As Unfair

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Rio Ferdinand pointed the finger at Thibaut Courtois after the Belgian goalkeeper endured a night to forget during Chelsea FC's 3-0 Champions League defeat by Barcelona on Wednesday night. "For this reason I'll pick the best solution for Sunday's game".

Courtois admitted being at fault, telling BT Sport: "I didn't expect Messi to shoot from there and I was too late to close my legs so that was a mistake on my part". So, not nice to start the evening like that, and then two other missed passes and we paid for it. We defended and played well, hit the crossbar which was unlucky on our side, but the individual mistakes cost us. He said: We have to be honest about that.

"I played against Messi a lot of times, I have already conceded goals like that before".

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.

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Ferdinand added: "When I went to my opponent's box and the ball came up to me, I couldn't see nearly anything".

By the end, the Argentine's scintillating breakaway in the build-up to Dembele's first Barcelona goal had become little more than a footnote to what was another Messi masterclass. "I'm very pleased to have the opportunity at the end of the game to give him my compliments because we are talking about an extraordinary player, the best in the world".

"If we concede easy goals and miss chances, then it is very hard against this team. We respect Barcelona, they have great players and are a big club... we want do a ideal job to go through to the next round".

"Now we are not playing every three days", the Italian added. "But it's not the case, so it's another thing we have to take into consideration and learn from this defeat and get stronger and improve". "We had plenty of chances". "It could have been 2-2 at half-time but, at 2-0 in this stadium against this team, it is not easy to come back".