Watch: Thibaut Courtois owns up to mistake after Barcelona beat Chelsea


Thibaut Courtois says he needs to “be a man” after admitting he was at fault for Lionel Messi’s opener in Chelsea‘s 3-0 defeat at Barcelona that saw them crash out of the Champions League.

After an encouraging performance to secure a 1-1 draw in the first leg of their last-16 tie at Stamford Bridge, Chelsea faced an uphill battle at the Nou Camp when Messi put Barcelona ahead inside three minutes of the return fixture.

Messi produced a masterclass display, providing a brilliant assist for Ousmane Dembele to double Barca’s lead before adding a third himself on a night when he reached a century of goals in the Champions League.

The Argentine’s class prompted Rio Ferdinand to explain why the Barcelona talisman is a better footballer than his former Manchester United team-mate Cristiano Ronaldo, but Courtois admits he should have done better for the opening goal, which saw the ball go in between the goalkeeper’s legs at the near post.

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