Ernesto Valverde: Leo's awesome game was incredible

Barcelona should be favourites to win the Champions League this season- Daniel Storey

Barcelona should be favourites to win the Champions League this season- Daniel Storey

Ernesto Valverde was incredibly satisfied after Barca's 5-1 win over Lyon on Wednesday, putting Barca in the last eight of the Champions League.

Messi, who was fresh from his own masterclass against Lyon - scoring twice - as Barcelona won 5-1 on aggregate, said Ronaldo's display was special. I thought maybe Atletico would be stronger, but Juventus overwhelmed them and Cristiano had a magical night with the three goals'.

Sportsmail columnist and BT Sport pundit Chris Sutton also admired Ronaldo's performance on Tuesday night.

The Portuguese superstar bagged an unbelievable hat-trick to fire Juventus through to the last eight of the Champions League, just when they needed him most.

"A lot of things I liked about the Champions League", Messi told Movistar after Barca's match. Now, all eyes will be on Lionel Messi tonight to see if he can do something equally as mesmerising against Lyon in the last 16.

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With the mantle of world's most clutch player sitting on the shoulders of the Portuguese superstar for the past several years, Messi showed his match-winning talents, both with the calm with which he scored his stylish penalty for the opener, and the third goal that made the tie safe, just when his team was getting nervous over a potential French comeback.

It didn't take long for Messi to make an impact.

"We complicated ourselves only in a set-piece action", Messi said.

"We went from the start to look for it, when we found the goal we handled the ball better, we moved it calmly, saw the best version".

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