This round wasn’t short of the excitement that comes with the Champions League and most importantly, the anxiety that VAR brings. Here are some talking points picked from this round of games.
Pep falls short once again
The dream of the quadruple got squashed in dramatic fashion as Manchester City once again failed to qualify beyond the last 8 of the Champions League. A 4-3 win(4-4 agg) on the night wasn’t enough as Spurs knocked City out of the Champions League on away goals. This is the third time Pep has failed to go beyond the last 8 after losses to Monaco(R16) and Liverpool(QF) in previous years.
Ajax the real giant killers
It is said that even David killed just one Goliath but Ajax have gone further and knocked out two giants from the Champions League. Juventus were the victims this time as Ajax beat them 3-2 on aggregate to progress to the next stage. They now face Tottenham Hotspur in the semi finals.
Lionel Messi produced an outstanding performance to help Barcelona to a 3-0 win over Manchester United at the Camp Nou, scoring a brace in the process. He takes his tally to 10 for this campaign,more than any other player. They face Liverpool in the semis and the he couldn’t be in better form to meet the reds.
VAR, a ‘necessary evil’
Sterling whizzled away in joy as Pep Guardiola punched the air in excitement. Little did they know that their joy was going to be cut short. From the penalty decision at the Camp Nou to the dissalowed goal at the Etihad, VAR might be either a killjoy or a saviour, depending on what side of the decision you find yourself. But in all this, the correct decision is always going to be made.