Chelsea duo Marcos Alonso and Thibaut Courtois say their side’s basic mistakes resulted in a Champions League exit at the hands of Barcelona.
Lionel Messi was the difference between the two sides with the Argentina international scoring a brace, either side of Ousmane Dembele’s maiden goal for the Spanish giants.
Despite praising their performance levels, Alonso said conceding “easy goals” was the difference at the end of the day.
“They have Messi and I think maybe they were the better team even though I think we competed well in both games,” Alonso told BT Sport.
“If we concede these easy goals then we make our chances very difficult against this team.
“We knew they have top players and we cannot give them one metre because they can create and score.
“I think we were a little bit unlucky, also, with the first two goals. We hit the post three times [over the two legs], we had so many chances in both games.
“They were the better team but we were unlucky. We competed well and we have to improve. When you lose you have to keep training and get better.”
Meanwhile Courtois admitted there was more he could have done to keep out Messi’s first goal in the game’s early stages.
“I don’t think we deserved to be out but obviously individual mistakes cost us in both legs,” he told BT Sport.
“On the first one I did not expect Messi to shoot from there. I was too late to close my legs and it is a mistake on my part.
“They scored from our mistakes but apart from that we played well. We hit the crossbar twice and it was unlucky on our side.”