Chelsea went out of the Champions League on the last-16 stage with an error-ridden show in opposition to Barcelona.
Following a 1-1 draw within the first leg, the guests fell behind after simply 128 seconds within the Nou Camp as Lionel Messi shot via the legs of Thibaut Courtois from a good angle.
Messi then arrange Ousmane Dembele to hammer dwelling the second after Cesc Fabregas misplaced possession.
Marcos Alonso hit the submit for Chelsea with a free-kick earlier than Messi’s 100th Champions League objective – after a mistake by Cesar Azpilicueta – took the hosts out of sight.
Alonso was then denied a penalty after a problem by Gerard Pique as Barcelona joined La Liga rivals Actual Madrid and Sevilla in Friday’s quarter-final draw.
Chelsea, in the meantime, be a part of fellow Premier League golf equipment Manchester United and Tottenham in exiting within the first knockout spherical.
What subsequent for Conte?
Chelsea’s elimination by the five-time winners is sure so as to add to the hypothesis about supervisor Antonio Conte’s future.
The Blues’ hopes of retaining the Premier League title ended weeks in the past, they usually could not even safe the top-four end they should return to the Champions League.
Conte’s aspect are fifth within the desk, 4 factors behind Liverpool, with their subsequent league recreation at dwelling to third-placed Tottenham on 1 April.
They head to Leicester on Sunday for an FA Cup quarter-final realizing defeat will go away them and not using a trophy for the second time in three seasons.
Conte, who has been in cost for the reason that summer time of 2016, has a contract till the summer time of 2019 however has needed to deny studies of a rift with the club’s owners.
Talking final month, the 48-year-old Italian mentioned it’s his “intention, will and want” to remain at Stamford Bridge.
Chelsea go to Leicester Metropolis within the FA Cup quarter-final on Sunday (16:30 GMT). Barcelona return to the Nou Camp on Sunday (15:15) as they appear to take one other huge step in direction of profitable La Liga.
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