Barcelona progressed to the quarter-final stage of the Champions League after they beat Chelsea by a 4-1 aggregate scoreline.
The Catalan giants backed their 1-1 stalemate at Stamford Bridge with a 3-0 triumph at the Camp Nou on Wednesday night, and this ensured their place in the last eight of the elite competition.
Three Things We Learned:
Lionel Messi proves his mettle: Prior to the double-legged tie, there had been lot of talk about Lionel Messi’s eight-match goalless streak against Chelsea. The Argentine put this unwanted record to bed during the first-leg, where he equalised from a defensive lapse from the Blues. He continued in the same vein of form at the Camp Nou, where he was the star of the show with a goal in either half, in addition to his assist for Ousmane Dembele’s strike (whoscored).
Chelsea lacked the cutting edge: Chelsea’s brand of attacking football on Wednesday night had some similarities with Sevilla, who were wasteful in front of goal, barring Ben Yedder, whose brace ensured a shock triumph over Manchester United in the competition. Unfortunately, the Blues did not have a saviour in the form of Ben Yedder in their ranks, and Olivier Giroud had a Champions League night to forget as he failed to find the scoresheet. Giroud did manage one layoff for Marcos Alonso, but the attempt was blocked by some last-ditch defending from Gerard Pique.
A defeat with plenty of positives: Despite going down to Barcelona, the…