They unfurled a giant banner - “God Save the King” - prior to kick-off with Lionel Messi then making his regal presence felt as Barcelona swept Chelsea out of the Champions League. It was a royal beating. The tifo is dedicated to Messi and the warning of Chelsea head coach Antonio Conte that his team would “have to suffer” to get through to the quarter-finals proved prophetic.
Chelsea - especially Willian - were marvellous tonight. On another evening, the irrepressible Brazilian winger would walk off with the match ball, having creamed shots off both posts in the first half. It looked like his one second-half goal would be enough, as his team-mates held their shape and defended well. But there’s no stopping that Lionel Messi in the Champions League, and it’s advantage Barca ahead of the second leg at Camp Nou.
Lionel Messi scored his 100th Champions League goal as the Barcelona star destroyed Chelsea to send Antonio Conte's Blues crashing out of the competition 4-1 on aggregate. Messi scored either side of assisting Ousmane Dembele as Chelsea's defence had no match for the Barca legend, who dazzled the Camp Nou crowd in a 3-0 win on the night.