UCL: Barcelona Annihilates Chelsea As Bayern Advance Over Besiktas

Lionel Messi celebrates his goal against Chelsea

Lionel Messi celebrates his goal against Chelsea

Wilkins believes the meeting between Spurs and Chelsea on April 1 will prove crucial when it comes to the final standings in the Premier League, and reckons Kane's absence swings the balance into Chelsea's favour. It is now in fifth place.

At Istanbul, Bayern Munich eased past Turkey's Besiktas 3-1 to breeze into the quarterfinals with an 8-1 aggregate win.

Barcelona coach Ernesto Valverde was also lavish in his praise for his star striker. "In these two legs, he scored three goals, he made an assist for Dembele to score a goal". The decision proved the right one when Messi linked up with the young winger to double the lead.

Credit to the fans who gave Gomes an ovation, perhaps his rehabilitation as a player began on Wednesday night, although the headlines are reserved for just one man on Thursday and that of course is Messi.

And speaking to Mediaset, Conte said he believed they were making progress despite recent poor form that has seen them win only once in their last five games in all competitions.

But Messi needed very little to poke a hole in Chelsea's wall.

Andres Iniesta shook off a hamstring strain to start while Dembele was a surprise inclusion, preferred to Paulinho and rewarded for his excellent display against Malaga. If an error is made and Messi is around, it will likely get punished.

And while he nutmegged Thibaut Courtois not once but TWICE, he also fashioned Ousmane Dembele's first goal for the club in absolutely stunning style. The goal could represent a breakthrough for the 20-year-old France winger, who had been hesitant and error-prone in his previous games after recovering from two injuries since his move from Borussia Dortmund.

After the goal, Chelsea started pressing high and stayed alive in the game.

"Barcelona were well prepared for the game and neutralized Chelsea's biggest threats in Willian and Eden Hazard". Luis Suarez was the creator once again as Messi megged Courtois again.

Antonio Conte said he believed Lionel Messi will remain at Barcelona for the rest of his playing days.

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