FA Cup: Conte Fears Iheanacho, Vardy As Chelsea Face Leicester

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A magical performance by Leo Messi - two goals and an assist - vaulted Barcelona into the quarterfinals of the 2017-2018 Champions League with a 3-0 win here over Chelsea in the second leg of their round of 16 tie.

Goal revealed earlier on Thursday that Conte's position has not been threatened by a last-16 exit from continental competition.

"I think this question is for the coach of the national team, not for me", Conte said when asked for his thoughts. His total of four Champions League triumphs puts him on a par with the likes of Ronaldo, Gerard Pique, Andres Iniesta, Xavi, Samuel Eto'o and Clarence Seedorf. The players wait for these games with desire and without pressure because this team is favourite, but we have good attributes also and we can cause them problems.

Regarding his own team, Conte said there are no rules in place for deciding which goalkeeper he selects in different competitions.

"It's not about winning or not".

"Every trophy is important for us".

Conte will be taking no risks with his team selection as Chelsea aim to reach the final for the second year in a row, having lost to London rivals Arsenal last season.

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The visitors then rallied and started to have a lot of the ball but failed to create any meaningful chances.

As the game moved towards half-time, the Blues kept pushing for a goal but ultimately struggled to find an opening, N'Golo Kante did find one but as everyone would expect, his left-footed effort let him down. The Belgian could have done better for the first and third goals, as he was twice beaten through his legs by Messi.

Credit to the fans who gave Gomes an ovation, perhaps his rehabilitation as a player began on Wednesday night, although the headlines are reserved for just one man on Thursday and that of course is Messi. Marcos Alonso attempted four shots, which was more than any other player on the pitch.

Chelsea may only have Champions League qualification to play for this time next week.

Barcelona, who are heavy favourites to clinch this year's continental crown after missing out on the last two seasons, join Real Madrid, Bayern Munich, Manchester City, Liverpool, AS Roma, Sevilla and Juventus in the last-eight.

Pedro won 20 major trophies at the Camp Nou, scoring 99 goals in 321 appearances before leaving in 2015. "I had great memories from my time here, and I feel very loved".

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