UCL: Barcelona Annihilates Chelsea As Bayern Advance Over Besiktas

Antonio Conte

"I think that a coach's work should be judged on the development of his players and what you see in terms of the value of the squad, not trophies".

This is also Conte's second year at Chelsea - and it could be his last after an unsettling season in which he has regularly sniped at the club's board for not signing the players he wanted in order to build on winning the Premier League. The Argentina global was in sensational form, scoring his 99th and 100th Champions League goals and also supplying a sublime assist for Ousmane Dembele.

"We fight until the end of every competition". Next season will be another season but definitely FA Cup and top four is what we have to go for. The FA Cup is the only realistic trophy for him this season but they will have to beat Claude Puel's Leicester at the King Power Stadium this Sunday.

A brace from Lionel Messi and another from Ousmane Dembele earned Barcelona their first win over Chelsea in their last nine meetings in the competition.

"All the players are ready with desire and without pressure because Chelsea are the favourites". They are now four points behind Liverpool with little room for error.

The Chelsea boss did seem to take into account the fact his players had not had much time to recover by only running light physical and stretching exercises before cutting the session short. However, their final ball was lacking, as they regularly wasted good opportunities to score.

Conte is poised to pick his first-choice line-up, having rotated his options in previous rounds, and could yet choose Willy Caballero in goal after Thibaut Courtois was twice beaten through the legs by Lionel Messi in Wednesday's loss at Barcelona.

Earlier in the evening, German giants, Bayern Munich completed an 8-1 aggregate win over Besiktas to stroll into the UCL Quarter finals.

Messi has scored 34 goals and assisted a further 16 strikes in 42 games for the Blaugrana so far this season. Both the players have also scored 60-all-time group stage goals in the competition.

Barcelona arguably performed better at Stamford Bridge than they did during the return leg, but were absolutely clinical when chances arose.

"There's a lot of things that could've distracted them this year but he's managed each situation tremendously well".



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