Lionel Messi breaks personal records in the Champions League win over Chelsea


"The thought of winning the Champions League is always a motivation, but it's hard".

The Chelsea manager - usually stern and no-nonsense - hugged the Barcelona genius with a smile indeed on his face after Messi single-handedly sent the Premier League side out of the competition.

Both the players have also scored 60-all-time group stage goals in the competition.

"Despite the blue resistance, with a tireless Willian, there's no way to beat Bar-a when Messi decides to play". They are no strangers to continental success, however, having won the Europa League five times since 2006. In the third minute, he played a good combination with Dembele and a deflection led to Luis Suarez passing him the ball in the box.

Barcelona, who are heavy favourites to clinch this year's continental crown after missing out on the last two seasons, join Real Madrid, Bayern Munich, Manchester City, Liverpool, AS Roma, Sevilla and Juventus in the last-eight. Before he got his brace, he set up Dembele's first career goal for Barcelona.

The Chelsea boss did seem to take into account the fact his players had not had much time to recover by only running light physical and stretching exercises before cutting the session short.

"It has been such a special day for me", he said. "It's also crucial to have all your important players. You have to have some success, a little luck", Giroud said.

On paper, at least, the feeling was that we would see the rise of Premier League sides in the Champions League this season after something of a hiatus.

He added: "We did suffer, but it will serve us well in the games to come".

Wagner's global team-mate Emre Can is equally as relaxed ahead of discovering Liverpool's quarter-final fate.

"I didn't expect Messi to shoot from there and I was too late to close my legs so that was a mistake on my part". The first leg games are on April 3 and 4, with the return games on April 10 and 11.

The quarter-final draw takes place at 11am on Friday.