Lionel Messi expressed his delight at Barcelona’s emphatic 4-0 victory over AC Milan last night, stressing that everything went as planned.
The Primera Division leaders made Champions League history after becoming the first side to overturn a two-goal deficit from a first-leg game without the benefit of an away goal.
No side had ever achieved this stat but Barcelona made it look easy. Messi was in an irresistible mood, gifting the Catalan outfit a two-goal lead at half-time with two fabulous strikes from his deadly left-foot.
"Really, we needed a night just like that not only to get through but to erase that result in Milan. Everything came off perfectly," Messi was quoted as saying on the official Uefa website.
"We did it. From the fifth minute when we got that important first goal, we just went after Milan in every moment.
"We wanted that opening goal as soon as possible in the match not only to cut the deficit but to make the fans feel it was going to happen. It was a really lightning quick movement of the ball to get it to me and, happily, I put it away."
Messi’s goals gave Barca the confidence boost they needed and they inevitably wrapped up the comeback in the second-half courtesy of strikes from David Villa and Jordi Alba.
The prolific Argentine then went on to stress how relieved and happy he was after the game following a number of difficult fixtures where the Catalan’s philosophy was being challenged.
"Perhaps in the last few matches we've lost a little of our form. We knew, however, that to go through this tie all we really needed was to get back to being ourselves," he added.
"We envisaged what kind of performance this needed to be and how to produce it. This is the Barca that we and our fans want to see every game. This is the kind of performance we've been producing for years."
The result sees Barca progress into the quarter-finals – a stage they have at least reached in the last six successive campaigns. The quarter-final draw takes place on Friday in Nyon, Switzerland.
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