Chelsea were beaten 3-0 by Barcelona at the Camp Nou on Wednesday night and were sent crashing out of the Champions League, however, fans were delighted with the performance of one of their stars on social media.
The Blues had not played badly over the two-legs, having had some of the better chances and hitting the frame of the goal on a number of different occasions, but their inability to finish those opportunities was their downfall.
Antonio Conte told his players to be ready for a difficult match and they would have to play a perfect game to have any chance to progress to the next round, however, that went out the window in the first minutes of the tie.
The home side took the lead through Lionel Messi when he put the ball through the legs of Thibault Courtois inside the first two minutes of the game.
The goal appeared to bring Chelsea to life, however, the Argentine magician forced the Blues into another mistake and provided Ousmane Dembele with his first Barcelona goal.
Marcos Alonso had a free-kick rattled the corner of the post in the final moments of the first half, before he had a penalty shout turned down in the second.
Messi ensured the Premier League champions would be heading out of the competition, and despite being knocked out, fans were delighted with the performance of some of their stars.
Nâ€™Golo Kante was one that shone for many in blue, with the France international bossing the midfield and making challenge after challenge and breaking up play.
Fans took to Twitter to praise last yearâ€™s Player of the Year, with a number stating that he had been immense and displayed one of his best ever performances.
Here are some of their reactions:
Best KantÃ© performance I've ever seen. Superb recuperations and his touch never let him down. Better than all the Barca mids out there tonight.
— RG (@registability) March 14, 2018
Dont let Messi FC destroying us distract from the fact Kante has dropped a 9/10 and is the best DM in the world
— [ ] (@AdvancedWinger) March 14, 2018
Wasn't KantÃ© supposed to be exposed on nights like this? They keep doubting him and he keeps proving them wrong.
— CFC (@CFCWriter) March 14, 2018
Kante and Willian have been class
— ` (@CescMagician) March 14, 2018
Kante & Willian were the only players who played their heart out others need an earful.
— ï¸ (@AddictedToCFC) March 14, 2018
N'golo Kante is the best defensive midfielder in the world. Period.
— á´±á´°á´±á´º (@DareToEden) March 14, 2018
Kante is just out of this world. Such a player.
— Simon Phillips (@SiPhillipsSport) March 14, 2018
Willian and Kante the only serious players on the pitch.
— WeAreChelseaFC (@WeAreChelseaFC) March 14, 2018
Willian, Kante, Alonso and Rudiger were fantastic tonight i thought, just a few mistakes to many
— Peter Jorgensen (@Jorgensen1993P) March 14, 2018
Kante is honestly chelsea's best player.Willian has made hazard look like a youth player today.and we can live without courtoir and hazard.#ChelseaForLife.
— Quicksilver31 (@ChambeshiP) March 14, 2018