Led by Lionel Messi’s extraordinary performance, Barcelona brushed aside Chelsea to reach the Quarter-Final of the Champions League for a record 11 consecutive seasons. The Argentine was the driving force behind Barcelona’s game, scoring two goals while adding an assist on Ousmane Dembele’s first goal for Barcelona.
Here’s how Barcelona players rated against Chelsea in the Champions League match>
Marc-André ter Stegen
Stood firm for Alonso’s first-half effort, although he was well beaten for the Spaniard’s free-kick that struck the post. 6/10
A consistently steady presence with the ball but in defence he looked frightened by Chelsea’s pace. Booked for a foul on Hazard. 6/10
Did not enjoy the physical battle with Giroud but still did the dirty work that was needed, particularly with a lunging block on Alonso. 6/10
Strong in dealing with Giroud, and showed all the class that one would expect from a Barcelona defender. Used his speed to cover. 7/10
The lurking presence of Willian prevented him from being quite as adventurous as usual. Cannot be faulted for his defensive work. 6/10
Produced a stunning finish for his first ever Barcelona goal. Stretched the Chelsea defence and baffled them with some scintillating feints and flicks. 8/10
Removed after an hour with a knock. Not as dominant as he was at Stamford Bridge, but still brings an air of calm. 6/10
Covered the ground that Busquets and Iniesta did not, and played those quick, short passes on which Messi thrives. Unruffled throughout. 7/10
Typically composed in possession but clearly not fully fit after a recent hamstring injury. Barely needed to break into a run before he was substituted. 6/10
Scored two, made the other. Simply put, he is operating on a completely different level. This was his party, and he did what he wanted. 9/10
His understanding with Messi created the first and third, while an intelligent run allowed Dembélé to score the second. Breathless runner, occasionally sloppy. 7/10
Substitutes: Paulinho (Iniesta 55) 7; Andre Gomes (Busquets 60) 6; Aleix Vidal (Dembélé 66) 6.