Lionel Messi thanks Barcelona fans for incredible tifo

"I think every trophy is important for us", the Italian said.

After their disappointing exit in the UEFA Champions League to Barcelona, Chelsea's attention now shifts to the FA Cup where they will face Leicester in the last eight. "We know about Vardy and his characteristics".

Willian, whose second-half goal was cancelled out by a 75th-minute Lionel Messi equaliser in London, said Chelsea would need to do a "perfect job" against the La Liga leaders at the Nou Camp.

The 4-1 aggregate win puts Barcelona into the quarter-final draw which will take place this Friday whereby an all-Spanish against Real Madrid or Sevilla could be the outcome.

The Blues' have barely put up a fight to retain their title this season, and are struggling to qualify for the Champions League, where they now sit outside the top four in the Premier League table.

Ferdinand added: "When I went to my opponent's box and the ball came up to me, I couldn't see nearly anything". They arrived three times and scored three goals.

"The special plans is to try to defend well", he told reporters.

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The Blues' only hope of silverware this season now lies in the FA Cup after nearly certainly surrendring the Premier League title, crashing out of the Champions League and also the Carabao Cup.

After eight appearances without a goal against Chelsea, Messi settled this tie by scoring the equaliser in last month's first leg and added two goals here, either side of setting up Ousmane Dembele's first Barca goal.

"It was a really tough game".

"But for him it's pure HD, that's what he sees when he plays the game and that's why when he plays like that he makes it look so easy".

Hailing FC Barcelona star Lionel Messi for his superlative display against Chelsea, manager Antonio Conte said his kind of player is born only once every 50 years. Now we fight until the end of every competition.

It was always going to be a hard task for Chelsea considering their recent form in the Premier League and losing an early goal didn't help. If we win we can play another semifinal at Wembley.

  • Stacy Houston