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After Barcelona's revival in the Champions League, Mustapha "El Loco" Kamaruddin sends out a warning to all comers that the Catalans are back in business


Now Barcelona fans, all over the planet, must be still celebrating and I can't really blame them, really.

The Catalans are very much alive and kicking after mesmerising AC Milan 4-0 in the Champions League clash at Nou Camp on Tuesday to qualify for the quarter-finals 4-2 on aggregate.

Many, even some of their hardcore fans, had this doubt that the Messi & Co. would be able to overcome the two-goal deficit Milan enjoyed from the first leg.

Critics also had field day saying things like Barca's 'Golden Era' was about to end after defeats to Milan as well as two back-to-back El Clasicos in the Copa del Rey and Primera Liga.

Some even criticised little genius Lionel Messi for having two or three poor games.

The focus was more on Real and Cristiano Ronaldo after their feats of beating Barca twice and dumping Manchester United out of the Champions League quarter-finals albeit in a controversial fashion.

Messi, was also said to be emotionally down but he still turned on his magic as he teased the tight Milan defence time and again - unlike in the first leg - despite being tightly marked.

The Rossoneri thought they could handle him but he struck two delightful - and 'artistic' I might add - goals just like that to start the ball rolling for Barca to the jubilation of 98,000 fans at Nou Camp. 

With the two goals, Messi broke records again as he surpassed Ruud van Nistelrooy’s feat of scoring 56 goals in the competition.

He is now placed second in the Champions League all-time top scorer list behind Raul who has netted 71 times in Europe.

And it’s just a matter of time before the 25-year-old Argentinean surpasses the Spaniard’s record as well.

Remember, has already broken Gerd Muller's record of 85 goals in a calendar when he scored six more than the German legend in 2012.

Apart from all the greatness that came from Messi, the other goals for Barca in the Champiuons League second leg were scored by David Villa and Jordi Alba.

Andres Iniesta and Xavi also did well to purge Milan’s defence, leaving them in shambles.

So too was unsung hero Sergio Busquets.

Barca had to take a risk when they employed a 3-4-3 formation while interchanging their tactics to a 3-3-4 to break open the Milan defence.

The home side’s defence was heralded by Gerard Pique, Javier Mascherano and Jordi Alba. Dani Alves, on the other hand, was heavily involved in supplementing the attack.

Barca  manager, Tito Vilanova, who is still in New York for cancer treatment, may have suggested to his assistant Jordi Roura to employ the 'kamakaze' attacking formation.

Former manager Josep 'Pep' Guardiola used to employ the 3-4-3 formation in some matches last season when Vilanova was his assistant.

It worked at times, but opponents have the opening to deliver the killer blow from quick counterattacks.  

Barca, already blessed with quality players, also showed some sheer determination. How often do we see Messi helping out the defence besides getting goals?

So it's not surprising that Barca sporting director Andoni Zubizaretta was full of praise for the team after their triumph over Milan.

"I am very happy for the fans, the players, coaches and everyone else.

"It's one of those nights when you say you were here.

"Just look at the way Messi played.

"The pressure he put the opponents under, and the way he found space and time in a position that didn’t favour him," said Zubizaretta.

Barca will now be a threat to any team gunning for Champions League glory because it's business as usual for them.

Barca have survived. Time see who’s next on the list for them in the quarter-finals.