Chelsea Manager, Antonio Conte has heaped praises on Lionel Messi after he inspired Barcelona to a 4-1 aggregate victory over Chelsea in the last-16 of the Champions League.
Conte considered his own side unfortunate to depart the competition 4-1 on aggregate after striking the woodwork four times in the two legs, only to be undone by Messi’s brilliance.
Conte was also quick to compliment the Argentine forward, whose second strike was his 100th in the Champions League.
“When you have the opportunity to make a great compliment to Messi, it is right,” Conte said. “It is right to recognize a super super super top player.
Antonio also hailed the commitment of his players, “I must be honest, I must be very proud of the commitment of my players, they gave everything. We have to continue in this way to fight and this desire to fight together.
“I think when you take these decisions, to play with Eden, Willian and a striker as a point of reference you must be very good to have a great balance. Tonight I saw a great commitment from all my players, they wanted to play this game.”