Barcelona dispatched AC Milan in the quarter-final match of the Champions League in predictable fashion, 3-1, one Lionel Messi netting twice.
After the 0-0 San Siro surprise draw, the rest of the technicalities needed to be fulfilled as the Catalans have proved time and again to the the best European team, despite losing grip in La Liga, where Jose Mourinho’s Real Madrid are turning the tables on them.
Messi’s 50th goal in the tournament made him the youngest player to get to that mark and he equalled the 14 goals per season record.
As Barca await possibly Chelsea, they will end the season warm, and probably lose their coach or key players. The necessary rebirth may rekindle the dwindling ambers as they get even cooler.
One can trust and hope they remain hot but when the drum is about to crack, it is so loud.