Manchester United, Chelsea and Spurs seek English FA Cup salvation

"I think every trophy is important for us", the Italian said.

Meanwhile, the Blues have to move on from the defeat at Barcelona and concentrate on the upcoming FA Cup quarterfinals clash against Leicester City on Sunday.

And Conte knows his side have to be alert to Vardy if they want to progress.

"I played against Messi a lot of times, I have already conceded goals like that before. It was unlucky on our side, but I think mostly it was our individual mistakes that cost us". "They have stuck with it, they have made mistakes, but they've kept going".

"I am happy for how this night has ended and for reaching the quarter-finals, which is what we wanted".

Chelsea were two goals down as the game neared the 50th minute and a neat ball from Willian put Marcos Alonso free, running into the centre of the Barça penalty area.

"We have to try to do both", he said.


Manchester United and Spurs are also out of the Champions League, meaning the FA Cup represents their final chance of silverware this season, too.

Meanwhile, Messi was quick to praise his team-mates despite having a decisive say in Barca's triumph.

Barcelona star forward Lionel Messi on Wednesday surpassed Real Madrid's Cristiano Ronaldo to become the fastest to reach the 100 goal landmark in UEFA Champions League.

But the 30-year-old insisted it was a collective success. "He is a clever player and is very good at finding the right time to attack the space and we must pay great attention to him and Iheanacho and Okazaki".

While all the chatter on several platforms in the build-up had been about the Cules' display of affection for their favourite son, once the game got underway, Messi's barnstorming performance against a hapless Blues side quickly became the talk of the town. Now we fight until the end of every competition. Then to try to do our best also in the league, to find a place in the Champions League.

Chelsea FC haven't won the Champions League since 2012.

Barcelona superstar Lionel Messi has been named the Most Valuable Player in matches played in the Champions League this week.

  • Gwendolyn Kim