Manchester City became the latest English team to exit the Champions league after a series of disappointing performances from the Premier league teams at the continental level.
City joins Liverpool eliminated at group state, Chelsea (eliminated by PSG), Arsenal Eliminated by Monaco)in the last 16 in heading out of the lucrative European Champions league after being taken to school by a Lionel Messi Inspired Barcelona.
This is the second time in three years that the Premier league has failed to provide a team in the last eight after Lionel Messi’s master class dumped Manchester City at the Nou Camp with a dominate performance that made some pundits to brand him as ‘The best ever player’
On the basis of last night’s performance, many will have little to argue about after the Argentine set up Ivan Rakitic with a perfect up field pass who lobbed Joe Hart for the only goal of the night in first half that gave Barcelona 3-1 aggregate win following the 2-1 win at the Etihad a couple of weeks back.
Barca were rampant with Neymer hitting the post as early as the 5th Minute with Messi the tormentor-in-chief tearing through the City defence at will.
City needed two goals to advance or take the tie to extra-time after Barca scored, but blew up the opportunity when Sergio Aguero’s penalty was saved after being brought down in the 78th minute.
In the end, they were saved from further embarrassment by keeper Joe Hartwho was in superb, who made a series of point blank saves to stop the attacking force of Neymer, Luis Suarez and Messi.
After the demolition act on the English teams, the debate as to whether the Premier league is the best as claimed by may has been reignited and also where Messi ranks amongst the greatest soccer players of all time.
But as the debate continues, Barcelona(Spain) joins Real Madrid(Spain), FC Porto (Portugal), PSG (France), Monaco (France), Atletico Madrid (Spain), Bayern Munich (Germany) and Juventus (Italy) in the quarter finals.