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King Messi lights up the Nou Camp yet again

King Messi lights up the Nou Camp yet again

Messi scored a brace and set up Ousmane Dembele as the LaLiga giants beat Chelsea 3-0 in their last-16 second leg, completing a 4-1 aggregate win.

The English club is unbeaten against Barcelona in eight matches, with four straight draws at the opponent's stadium. Chelsea have shown that they are a very organised team with clear ideas about how they want to play and have players up front who are very risky and very quick.

Messi was in the Barca team held to a 2-2 draw by Chelsea in a memorable performance in adversity as the Blues went on to win the 2012 Champions League.

"We could have played on for three hours, and I wouldn't touch a ball".

"I think for us to go through we have to do a flawless game with the ball and without the ball".

The task ahead the Blues is a hard one considering how poor they've been in recent weeks and the fact that Barcelona are yet to lose at home since 2016 makes it nearly "a mission impossible".

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The tie is finely poised after the first leg, and with these two teams having played out some epic Champions League encounters over the years, it should hopefully be an entertaining game.

Messi and Ronaldo are now the only players with 100 Champions League goals, though the Barca star managed the feat in 123 matches - 14 fewer than the 137 games his Real Madrid counterpart needed to reach the threshold.

Iniesta is a doubt with a hamstring injury and Conte waxed lyrical when asked about the differences facing Barcelona without the Spain playmaker.

Antonio Conte doesn't hide it: He expects Chelsea to struggle against Barcelona at the Camp Nou.

"We know there are moments to suffer for every team against Barcelona, we must be prepared to suffer, to be compact. It doesn't bother me to play against my previous club or old friends, it motivates me". Messi started the move and finished it, with Dembele, Luis Suarez and a deflection off Marcos Alonso, helping him find the space to fire through the legs of Thibaut Courtois for the fastest goal of his career.

Visitors only managed to level the score when Messi pounced on Andres Iniesta pass after Chelsea defender Andres Cristensen made a regrettable stray pass. "We know here the pitch is big and we have to stay together and to not concede goals and go for the counter attack as well".