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Conte explains what he told Messi after Barcelona knock Chelsea out of Champions League

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FC Barcelona v Chelsea FC - UEFA Champions League Round of 16: Second Leg Photo by David Ramos/Getty Images

Chelsea manager Antonio Conte has explained what he told Lionel Messi after Barcelona knocked the Blues out of the Champions League on Wednesday.

After the final whistle Conte went over to Messi and was seen talking to the Barcelona star for a while as they walked off the pitch arm in arm.

Messi had earlier produced a masterclass to stun Chelsea, scoring after just two minutes, before setting up Ousmane Dembele for the second and then adding the third.

Conte’s future at Chelsea remains the subject of speculation with many reports claiming he may quit the Premier League side at the end of the season.

The Blues also face a battle to qualify for next seaon’s tournament, they are currently fifth in the table, four points off a Champions League spot with eight games left to play.