The Chelsea fans in the Transfer Tavern knew going into their match with Barcelona a positive outcome would have been difficult, however, they always had a chance to progress should they have remained in the tie.
In fact, the Blues did not play badly across the two-legs at all, and many will be cursing the mistakes made at the back, with all four goals arriving because of lapses in concentration and individual error.
Antonio Conte was pleased with the performance of his players on Twitter during the second-leg tie at the Nou Camp – stating that he saw his players put in a lot of positive work in the game.
Conte: 'I saw great work from my players.'#BARCHE
— Chelsea FC (@ChelseaFC) March 14, 2018
Fans, however, responded to the manager’s response with one of their own, suggesting that one member of the squad should not have been included in that praise.
Thibaut Courtois was at fault for two of the three goals, which were both scored by Lionel Messi, as he allowed the ball to go through his legs. The Belgium international goalkeeper has made it no secret that he would like to return to La Liga at some point in his career, with Real Madrid his favoured destination(via The Independent).
After his performance at the Camp Nou, a number of Chelsea fans in the Tavern appear to be willing to let him go and do not want him at their club.
Take a look at what the punters have had to say below…
leave the goalkeeper in Spain plz
— Samuel Edwin (@EvaBlazin_Sammy) March 14, 2018
He needs glasses if he didn't see courtois
— Will Cross (@Will7Crossy) March 14, 2018
Except Courtois, who gifted 2 goals to Messi, and attempted a third by throwing the ball to their legs in front of his goal.
— Yinka Omikunle (@yinka_omikunle) March 14, 2018
Conte is helping Chelsea play good football right now. He is indeed a valuable asset do not lose this man #Chelsea. But get rid of courtious, he such an overrated goalkeeper. Get us a better goal keeper plz and keep Caballero.
— Bello O. Joshua (@Akorede_Josh) March 15, 2018
but work on courtois, he's our weakness now
— Erick kahly (@kahly_erick) March 15, 2018
Shut up u. Inexperience killed Christiansen for the second goal. You destroyed the teams with ur own hand by benching Luiz for Christiansen
— Michael Speed (@Michael14131211) March 14, 2018
Works without evidence is dead
— Zara (@FlamingZara) March 14, 2018
Chelsea fans, what do you think of the performance of Courtois and the rest of the team? Let us know below…Like what the TT have on offer? Sign up for more notifications!