Barcelona vs Chelsea 3-0 (Aggregate 4-1):5 things we learnt
Barcelona produced a commanding display against Chelsea at Camp Nou to progress to quarterfinals of the Champions League for a record 11th consecutive time.
A brace from Leo Messi coupled with an Ousmane Dembele strike was enough to sink Chelsea as the current EPL champions blew hot and cold during the entire match.
Here are the 5 things we learned from the aforementioned encounter between the 2 European giants:
#5 It's time for Hazard to leave Chelsea
Hazard has been Chelsea's go-to man in the time of crisis, and more often than not, he has been the one to bail them out of trouble. But last night was a completely different story altogether.
Chelsea did take the game to Barcelona and did create some chances, but it was all in vain as Barcelona was clinical in front of goal and put 3 past the lackadaisical Blues' defence.
Although Hazard was not at his influential best, he still completed 3 dribbles and made 2 key passes and was eager to make something good happen for the blues.
He has been criticized for being heavily inconsistent this season, which clearly sums up Chelsea's dismal run as well. But he cannot do everything all by himself and needs support because football is a team sport after all.
It's been 6 years since he signed up for Chelsea with the intention of lifting the Champions League trophy as the blues were the current champions back then. But nothing even remotely close to that remarkable success has happened to Hazard thus far.
With Real Madrid lurking for his signature, it's time for the Chelsea talisman to switch to Madrid to have a more realistic chance of lifting the coveted trophy.