Chants of "Antonio, Antonio" still reverberated around Stamford Bridge while it was the board's perceived failure to back the manager that was blamed for the Blues' title defence faltering.
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Now the Blues head to the Camp Nou with Barca having a slight advantage over them. We went out to attack and were 2-0 up, after that they made it 2-1. "We know, we knew there were really good".
14 - The 2011-12 season was Messi's most prolific in the Champions League, hitting 14 goals in the competition to top the scoring charts, although Barcelona were beaten by Chelsea in the semi-finals that campaign. Chelsea would have undoubtedly taken a lot of promise from their performance in the first leg, which they only lost due to an error by Christensen.
The Italian will be hoping that he can emulate his compatriot Roberto Di Matteo, who dragged his team to a Champions League final win in 2012 in spite of the fact that his side were floundering in the Premier League. But what are their chances of producing a ideal display tonight?
Hazard certainly suffered when deployed once more in a central role as Chelsea were passed off the park by Manchester City in a 1-0 defeat nine days ago. What I knew as well was if I left him to get the ball and to run at me, I would have been in trouble.
Ousmane Dembele scored their second - his first goal since arriving from Borussia Dortmund in a £135m deal last summer.
But despite many believing Messi to be the finest footballer to have ever played the game, he is actually the second man to reach 100 Champions League goals. And every time the Argentine has scored in the Champions League knockout stages since 2006-07, Barca have progressed.
Barcelona are different. The Spanish team retain that infuriating and mesmerising - one if you are playing them and the other if you are merely watching - knack of coasting for long periods and then pressing the button marked turbo.
Marcos Alonso and N'Golo Kante missed back to back chances late in the first half that would, had one been taken, have edged Chelsea to within a single of goal of going through.