Messi can't forget Chelsea defeat

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Lionel Messi is still haunted by Barcelona's defeat to Chelsea in the semi-final of the Champions League, and hopes to use the memory as inspiration to lead the Catalan giants to glory next season.

Barca fell at the penultimate hurdle in last year's competition, with their pure football not enough to break down the resolute defence of Chelsea over the two legs.

It is a loss that will be etched in the minds of the Barcelona players for some time, with Messi in particular tormented following his penalty miss in the second leg draw at the Nou Camp.

But the 24-year-old Argentine is determined to make amends next season on the continent, as well as domestically given Barca's surrender of the league title to arch rivals Real Madrid.

Following a season characterised more my disappointment than success, Messi has now set the target of winning every competition possible next term, just like Barcelona did in 2009.

"I hope we can win everything again. That is our goal," he told a press conference on Wednesday.

"We know it will be very hard, but we have not yet got over the semi-final defeat against Chelsea in the Champions League and the penalty I missed, and also the defeat against Madrid at Camp Nou."


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