Messi is a magician -  that's what Chelsea manager Antonio Conte has come to accept.

Conte’s side lost 3-0 at Camp Nou in the return leg of the UEFA Champions League round of 16 match against the Lionel Messi-inspired Barcelona on Wednesday.

The Blues crashed out on a 4-1 aggregate.

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On Wednesday, an outstanding Messi scored two goals and set up Ousmane Dembele for another in a classical performance that has now seen him score three goals in two matches against Chelsea.

After full-time, Conte left the field with a congratulatory arm around Messi's shoulder to pay respect to the player.

"Tonight in the two legs, Lionel Messi made the difference.

"We are talking about the best player in the world. Over the two legs we were a bit unlucky, Conte said.

Conte said he believes Messi will remain at Barcelona for the rest of his playing days after watching the Argentine maestro destroy his side's Champions League hopes.

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