"We are talking about a very young player".
Messi hadn't scored in his first eight games against Chelsea, but he made good in his ninth contest after Chelsea defender Andreas Christensen made an unfortunate pass.
"We will go there trying to win because we have to score and we will try for the flawless game as we did today except for the small error that we made".
Christensen? It was an incredible performance.
"We dominated most of the game and we were better, but they did a lot with very little", he said.
Conte has been linked with a return to Italy and his former role with the national side, who are without a manager following Giampiero Ventura's resignation in November. But in games like that against quality opposition like Barcelona, it's hard. You go to lose the game, not only 1-0 or 2-0, but like it happens in Spain.
"I hope to see this type of performance for a long time - against Hull he played a fantastic game, tonight he played a fantastic game".
"They are one of the best teams in Europe, they have great players and this is the Champions League, everything is complicated here".
Meanwhile Barcelona striker Luis Suarez believes that their second leg clash with Chelsea will benefit Spanish giants after getting an away goal.
The Blues will now head to Camp Nou knowing that they have to score, but also aware of the need to keep things tight at the back against an opponent which possesses a considerable attacking threat.
The visitors had 73.1% of the possession but failed to win the game, taking a 1-1 draw back to Camp Nou for the second leg.
For this reason, we must play an intelligent game and I repeat we are not stupid. We gave 120% in this game, so we must be disappointed with the result. Willian hit the post a couple of times. The programme that we prepared.
"Barcelona had more possession but they did not create more risky chances to score". We created the most unsafe chances and we were the ones that could have won. That was a performance of control, discipline and focused attacking, and they deserved to win even before Michy Batshuayi's added time victor.