Conte: Chelsea will target top four and FA Cup

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18 March, 2018

ANTONIO CONTE says winning the FA Cup is just as important to Chelsea as finishing in the top four.

Chelsea were level at 1-1 going into the match at the Camp Nou but after two minutes and eight seconds, a mistake from Courtois saw Lionel Messi score from a tight angle through the legs of the Belgium global.

"You can't say we've had much luck: we've drawn the most hard team, the best team in the world".

Andres Iniesta returned from a hamstring injury to start for Barcelona but the 33-year-old could leave the Nou Camp at the end of the season.

"We have to try to do both".

Messi played a hand in all four goals in his side's 4-1 aggregate win over Chelsea in the round of 16 tie, and has now scored six goals and assisted a further two strikes in eight UCL games this season. He said: They scored off our mistakes, I think apart from that we played well, defended well, hit the crossbar twice today, think that's a bit unlucky but mostly our individual mistakes cost us.

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

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Having now exited the Champions League, the fixture list is beginning to ease up for the Blues.

Conte offered no guarantees, adding: "I think that we are talking about two good goalkeepers, Thibaut and Willy".

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

He will miss Barca's Liga games at home to Athletic Bilbao on Sunday and away to Sevilla on March 31, as well as Spain's worldwide friendlies against Germany and Argentina. Willian, who has been Chelsea's brightest performer of late, said: "Now we have to look forward".

Following a 1-1 draw in the first leg, the visitors fell behind after just 128 seconds as Lionel Messi shot through the legs of Thibaut Courtois from a tight angle. It's my weakest point between my legs.

"You never know what's best, whether it's better to face a team now or in a semifinal".

"On Sunday I will try to make the best decision because we want to go the next round".

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