Barcelona 3-0 Chelsea (4-1 Agg), Lionel Messi Destroys Blues, 4 Points Why.

Barcelona 3-0 Chelsea (4-1 Agg), Lionel Messi Destroys Blues, 4 Points Why. 5


Messi nutmegged Thibaut Courtois twice to reach 100 Champions League goals and set up Ousmane Dembele for another goal as Barcelona thrashed Chelsea to reach the Champions League quarter-finals.

Messi opened the scoring after just two minutes and eight seconds, firing through Courtois’ legs from a tight angle after Luis Suarez’s superb flicked ball in the area.

Chelsea rallied and pushed Barcelona back but Messi hit the Blues on the break again, ripping the defence to pieces before teeing up Dembele to blast home in the 20th minute.

Marcos Alonso and Olivier Giroud had shots blocked and N’Golo Kante dragged a shot wide as Chelsea battled back again.

The Blues hit the post for the third time across the two legs just before half-time, with Alonso’s free-kick crashing off the upright to Antonio Conte’s frustration.

Chelsea could have had a penalty after the break when Gerard Pique brought down Alonso in the box.

However Messi killed off the game in the 63rd minute, driving another shot through Courtois legs to send Barcelona in the quarter-finals for the 11th season running.

Here are the five key talking points from the game…

1. Messi pours scorn on Chelsea ‘hex’ with vintage display

For a few years Chelsea fans could be proud that despite playing them on several occasions, Messi couldn’t score against them.

Of course the Argentine maestro broke that jinx at Stamford Bridge in the first leg when he equalised to earn Barcelona a draw.

Tonight he removed any remaining doubts by scoring the quickest goal of his career. Two minutes and eight seconds into the game Messi nutmegged Courtois with a strike from a tight angle to send Barcelona ahead.

That was his first touch in the area, and his second, after 20, was to set up Dembele to double Barcelona’s lead.

Messi’s assist was the conclusion to a superb solo run, leaving three Chelsea players for dead like hopeless pensioners trying to flag down a bus which has no plans of stopping.

Then the No 10 scored a classy third to reach 100 goals in the Champions League, finding his own plane in time and space to take the ball round the outside of the chaos in the penalty area and then drill it between Courtois’ legs.

2. Courtois not living up to expectations

For three seasons on loan at Atletico, Thibaut Courtois was good enough to be able to claim he was the best goalkeeper in the world.

However since moving to Stamford Bridge, back to his parent club Chelsea, he has flattered to deceive.

The Belgian goalkeeper is obviously talented, but between not convincing Chelsea fans with his attitude and the constant links to Real Madrid, he is not performing well enough.

Real Madrid fans watching might wonder, after Messi’s low shot from an angle nutmeg Courtois and send Barcelona ahead in the third minute why they should splash out on him.

Then for the second goal, perhaps a goalkeeper of Courtois’ class, might have hoped to get more of a hand on Dembele’s effort. He got a small touch on it, enough to deflect it past Rudiger on the line but not enough to stop it going in.

Early in the second half he passed the ball straight to Luis Suarez, who could have scored the third, but the keeper recovered to deny him.

Then Messi, almost as if he was taking the mick, rammed the third through Courtois’ legs again. Time for Chelsea to cash in?


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