Alonso fears squad depth has cost Chelsea this season

Oscar Cross
March 18, 2018

Chelsea manager Antonio Conte believes his players must be ready to work hard to stop Leicester City's trio of Nigeria forward Kelechi Iheanacho, who has scored important goals in the competition, Jamie Vardy and Shinji Okazaki in Sunday's Emirates FA Cup quarter-finals.

Lionel Messi clashed with the referee during Barcelona's win over Chelsea in the Champions League and accused the Slovenian official of disrespecting him.

"We have to try to do both", Conte said.

That leaves them facing a tough fight to qualify for next season's competition with the reigning Premier League champions now four points behind fourth-placed Liverpool.

Chelsea have to defend in numbers and make the most of their counter-attacking opportunities at Barcelona on Wednesday if they are to progress to the quarter-finals of the Champions League, midfielder Willian said.

The focus now has to be on the Premier League and FA Cup.

Alonso bemoaned Chelsea's luck throughout the two legs, but noted that if the club want a chance to do better next year, they will have to play well over their last stretch of the Premier League season to ensure a place in next year's competition. Both the players have also scored 60-all-time group stage goals in the competition. "This must be our target". "I made some good saves too but we go out with conceding four goals from four mistakes". "To try to go to the next round and to reach the semifinal in the FA Cup".

Courtois evidently did not expect that, and admitted the same after the game and added that Barcelona capitalized on the mistakes committed by the players on the field. "It won't be easy".

"We were a little bit unlucky with the first two goals, we hit the post three times and had so many chances in both games".

Ahead of the game it was noted that Barcelona hadn't won any of the last eight meetings between the two clubs and that the last four meetings at the Camp Nou had all ended in draws.

"Now we have to face another competition and for this reason we must trust in our strength and try to move on".

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