Tried as hard as they could, Chelsea were unable to break down the Barcelona defense at the Camp Nou.
And while their attackers were have a tough day against the Barcelona defense, Chelsea defenders and goalkeeper, Thibaut Courtois, were having a nightmare at the boots of Lionel Messi.
Messi grabbed a brace and an assist during the game and was the big difference between the two team.
And interesting moment occurred when the referee blew his whistle for full-time, as Chelsea boss, Antonio Conte, approached Lionel Messi and had a chat.
It turns out that Conte couldn’t miss up the opportunity of personally complimenting the Argentine.
“When you have the opportunity to make a great compliment to Messi, it’s right to recognise a super, super, super top player,” he said.
“This is a player who can score 60 goals. Not only for one season, either. I’m very pleased to have the opportunity to liment. We are talking about an extraordinary player. The best in the world.”
Messi confirmed the chat was complementary, telling UEFA after the game: “I did not listen to Conte, he told me, obviously grateful to tell me those words and, nothing more.”
“I am happy about how the night ends going to the quarter-finals, which was what we wanted, with a great match ”