Thibaut Courtois honestly held his hands up last night after his horror show sparked Chelsea's downfall at the Nou Camp last night.
The Belgium international endured a particularly difficult night, his mistake allowing Messi to put Barca ahead in the second minute before allowing the Argentine to fire through his legs at the near post in the second half.
And the goalkeeper didn't hide after the match, saying: 'I didn't expect Messi to shoot from there and I was too late to close my legs so that was a mistake on my part. It's not nice to start an evening like that.
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Chelsea goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois speaks following his side's defeat to Chelsea
The Belgian gave a brutally honest account of his own performance at the Nou Camp
"You need to be a man, and show that you made a mistake."
"For a goalkeeper like me between my legs is the weakest point."
An honest Thibaut Courtois fronted up after the game...
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'They scored off our mistakes. I think mostly it was our individual mistakes that cost us.
'I've played against him a lot of times. I already concede goals through my legs from him. For a goalkeeper like me from two metres, it's my weakest point between my legs.
'Even 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 inside. I have to come out and be a man and show you made a mistake and move on.' Chelsea manager Antonio Conte put his disappointment to one side to heap praise on magician Messi - who has now scored 100 Champions League goals.
The pair embraced after the final whistle, and when asked what was said, Conte replied: 'I think when you have the opportunity to make a great compliment to Messi, I think it's right.
'It's right to praise a super, super, super top player. A player who is able to score 60 goals in every season. Not only for one season.
Antonio Conte made time to praise Messi after he led Barcelona to victory against Chelsea
Courtois (right) allows Messi (centre) to open the scoring through his legs in the third minute
'I'm very pleased to have the opportunity at the end of the game to give him my compliments because we are talking about an extraordinary player, the best in the world.' Intriguingly, when speaking to Italian media after the final whistle, Conte refused to confirm he would be at Chelsea next season.
Conte is expected to leave Stamford Bridge in the summer and when asked which team he would be representing the next time he speaks to Italian TV, the Blues boss replied: 'That's a very naughty question and I prefer not to answer.' Meanwhile, Blues fans have been urged to contact the club after a number of supporters missed much of the game due to reported policing issues outside the stadium.
A Chelsea spokesman said: 'We are aware of reports of incidents outside the ground before the game, where a number of Chelsea fans were hurt.
'We ask that our supporters contact us with accounts of their experiences of this evening's arrival at the stadium so that we can take this up properly with the authorities.'
Courtois lies dejected after Messi's second goal in the Champions League showdown
The 25-year-old follows Andreas Christensen off the pitch after the disappointing defeat