It might have looked a bit shaky for about 15 minutes of the second half, but Barcelona advanced to the quarter-finals of the Champions League for the 12th time in a row. Even more importantly, they did so in incredible fashion, brushing aside Lyon 5-1.

Once again, the Camp Nou was a real gladiatorial arena with over 92,000 people watching the Catalans finally find their scoring boots which they had missed dearly in the first leg back in France. That and some Lionel Messi magic on the side made for quite a spectacle and goals galore in the heart of Catalunya.

This tactical analysis will use statistics and insight to determine how Barcelona looked impressive in making quick work of Lyon, and punched their big ticket to the final eight of the coveted tournament.


Barcelona (4-3-3)

Starting XI: Ter Stegen – Sergi Roberto, Pique, Lenglet, Alba – Rakitić, Busquets, Arthur – Messi, Suarez, Coutinho

Bench: Cillessen, Semedo, Umtiti, Vidal, Aleñá, Malcom, Dembélé

Coach: Ernesto Valverde

Lyon (3-4-1-2)

Starting XI: Lopes – Dubois, Denayer, Marcelo, Marçal, Mendy – Tousart, Fekir, Ndombele – M. Dembele, Memphis

Bench: Gorgelin, Tete, Rafael, Traoré, Aouar, Cheikh, Cornet

Coach: Bruno Genesio

To read the full breakdown of the game, click here.