Player like Lionel Messi born only once in 50 years: Antonio Conte

Barcelona vs Chelsea Lionel Messi

I think we showed great character in both games.

Conte has regularly rotated his squad through Chelsea's run to the last eight, but the FA Cup is their last chance of silverware after a Champions League exit at the hands of Barcelona on Wednesday.

Blues head coach Conte left the Nou Camp pitch after Wednesday night's 3-0 loss, featuring two goals from Messi, with his arm around the Argentina playmaker. "You can't think about final when not you're not there, you have to focus on the next challenge, which is the quarterfinal", he added. "We had so many chances and we didn't put the ball in". To try to go into the next round and reach the semi-final of the FA Cup. 'It's unlucky to go our with four goals from four mistakes. "We can only look forward and start fighting for fourth spot in the Champions League and to win the FA Cup".

Meanwhile, Messi was quick to praise his team-mates despite having a decisive say in Barca's triumph. The Spaniard has provided a goal threat since joining the club, but it isn't great if he is your most productive attacker in a huge Champions League match such as this one.

"It was a really tough game".

"We know about Vardy and his characteristic, he is a clever player and is good to attack the space and find the right time to do this".

Puel acknowledges the tie is important for his side, but he also hopes there will be bigger games to come this season for his players. "At the minute, we can only fight for this after the defeat today".

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.

Third and second-place finishes in the English Premier League and topping a UEFA Champions League group which included Real Madrid have earned him compliments aplenty.

He said: "The Champions League is complicated, a bad day leaves you out".

"Now we are not playing every two days - we played against Barcelona but we have the full week to rest and recover - so I'll pick the best solution for tomorrow's game".

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