It had been a while since Premier League teams were a force in the Champions League, and while two have reached the quarterfinals this season, there's a feeling of opportunity missed for the three eliminated in the last 16.
Lionel Messi's drought vs. Chelsea is a thing of the past after his two goals and assist guided Barcelona to the Champions League quarterfinals, where the La Liga leader and Bayern Munich round out the field.
Despite not being at their best, Pep Guardiola's men effortlessly defeated Arsenal in the Carabao Cup final on Sunday, thus securing the Spanish manager's first piece of silverware in England and the side's ongoing quest for a treble. Arsenal, meanwhile, seemed frustrated throughout against a side who even below par, can be almost impossible to overcome.
Manchester City takes on Arsenal in the League Cup final, while Manchester United faces Chelsea in a top-four Premier League showdown featuring a pair of managers who can't stop making headlines in a potentially explosive day.
Paul Pogba's rift with Jose Mourinho and his benching in Sevilla were all the talk entering the Champions League last-16 first leg, but David De Gea took the focus on the field with his stellar play in goal in a 0-0 draw.
Antonio Conte's game plan was working to perfection, but a killer mistake gave Barcelona the opening it needed, while Besiktas gave Bayern Munich all the help it would need with an early red card in their Champions League bout.