Ernesto Valverde made several clever tactical decisions to help Barcelona past Chelsea in the Champions League, however Antonio Conte felt Lionel Messi was the difference between the two teams in the 3-0 result, even labelling him as the best in the world.
Chelsea actually caused the Blaugrana problems for much of Wednesday's match, yet the hosts were incredibly efficient on the counter attack, with both Messi and Ousmane Dembele putting in excellent performances.
"Messi is an extraordinary player, he's the best in the world," Conte explained in his post-match press conference.
"I think when you have the opportunity to compliment someone like Messi, you must do so. We're talking about someone who scores 60 goals every single season."
Despite the excellence of the 30-year-old, the Italian coach was left frustrated by the result and felt as though his side deserved better for their efforts in Catalonia.
"I don't think it was a fair result," he said.
"We've conceded a goal right away and started badly, but afterwards we've dominated. We've created chances to score, and over the whole tie we've had four shots hit the post, which is strange."
"It was a fantasy player who has pushed Barcelona through to the next round, he was responsible for the result."
Despite being very critical of the transfer business those in charge at Stamford Bridge have completed, or failed to complete, the coach made clear that his squad gave everything at the Camp Nou.
"I have to be honest and recognise the commitment of my players," he confirmed.
"I'm proud of them, of how they behaved on the pitch.
"We must continue with that desire to fight together."
Now Chelsea will fight to qualify for the tournament again for next season by finishing in the Premier League top four.