Why Lionel Messi scored two goals through my legs – Courtois

Chelsea’s goalkeeper, Thibaut Courtois has admitted to making mistakes which resulted in Barcelona’s Lionel Messi getting two goals in the Champions League round of 16 second leg that saw the Londoners crashing out o the competition.

Antonio Conte’s side crash out of Europe after a 3-0 loss at Camp Nou which began with Messi opening the scoring in the third minute. Ousmane Dembele doubled Barca’s lead from a brilliant Messi assist. Later in the second half, Messi completed the victory. Both goals from Messi were scored with the ball going in between the legs of Courtois legs.

Speaking concerning the goals, Courtois said,

‘I don’t think we deserved to be out but obviously individual mistakes cost us in both legs,’ he told BT Sport. ‘With the first goal I didn’t expect Messi to shoot from there, I was too late to close my legs, so a mistake on my part.

‘So, not nice to start the evening like that, and then two other missed passes and we paid for it. ‘They scored off our mistakes, I think apart from that we played well, defended well, hit the crossbar twice today, think that’s a bit unlucky but mostly our individual mistakes cost us.

‘We have to be honest about that. We have to continue working and try to win on Sunday as it’s the only silverware we may get this season.

‘I’ve played against him [Messi] a lot of times, conceded goals through my legs with him, for a goalkeeper like me from two metres that’s probably the weakest point through your legs because if I’m standing in a normal position there’s a lot of space in between.

‘It’s annoying, but I don’t think I have to hide, I have to come out, be a man, and say I made a mistake and move on. ‘It’s unlucky to go out with four goals from four mistakes. We have to move on, work hard and continue.’


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