Chelsea goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois admitted he made mistakes that contributed to their Champions League elimination at Barcelona on Wednesday.
Lionel Messi put a pair of shots through Courtois’ legs, with Ousmane Dembele adding another goal as Barcelona cruised to a 3-0 win to advance to the quarterfinals 4-1 on aggregate.
While Courtois did not take full blame for the result, he said he should have done better to stop Messi’s opening goal, which came just 128 seconds into the game.
“I don’t think we deserve to be out, but individual mistakes cost us in both legs,” the Belgium international told BT Sport.
“The first goal, I did not expect Lionel Messi to shoot from that angle and I was too late in closing my legs. It was a mistake on my part.
“There were missed passes from us and they scored from our mistakes. We defended and played well, hit the crossbar which was unlucky on our side, but the individual mistakes cost us. We have to be honest about that.
“I played against Messi a lot of times, I have already conceded goals like that before. The weakest point is between the legs for a goalkeeper.
“It is annoying, I cannot hide inside — I have to be a man and come out.
“I made some good saves too, but we go out with conceding four goals from four mistakes.”