We now have the names of the clubs who will contest the quarter-finals of the Champions League. After the final four second-leg matches this week, we now know who will accompany Milan, APOEL Nicosia, Barcelona and Benfica in the draw for the last eight - and there was a lot to debate.
A match which promised to be exciting - and met those expectations. Chelsea started the clash with their 'veterans' on the pitch against a Naples outfit who arrived with confidence, and it showed in the first few minutes with several attempts on Petr Cech's goal which were all quite dangerous.
The London club used a system of 4-2-3-1 in which Ramires started on the left of midfield and Daniel Sturridge on the right, with Didier Drogba up front and Juan Mata behind him.
The Italian side, with its routine 3-4-3 and high work rate by the wide players, was hit by an injury to Christian Maggio in the 36th minute and forced to make a change, with Andrea Dossena entering on the left and Camilo Zuniga moving to the right.
It did not alter their style of play, playing out from the back whenever possible and boasting mobility among the front players, with one coming to receive between the lines and another, usually Edinson Cavani, running behind the defence.
After an early opportunity for Sturridge in the first few minutes, Napoli had their chances. Marek Hamsik, Cavani and Ezequiel Lavezzi each had pretty clear chances in the early stages of the match.
As for Chelsea, although Ramires started on the left, he moved inside to make room for Ashley Cole to attack and on the right it was Branislav Ivanovic who had plenty of time to receive and decide what to do with the ball, though his crosses did not really create too much danger.
Mata and Frank Lampard could not find any gaps in the middle, where Napoli were defending well. But just when it seemed that the Sky Blues were controlling the match, a cross from Ramires was superbly finished by Drogba to make it 1-0.
There was more Chelsea pressure, and possession was controlled by the English team, 67 per cent to 33 per cent, although the Napoli players were still dangerous on the counter-attack.
Chelsea tried to move the ball patiently looking for the gaps in the defence. To this end, Lampard was dropping deeper to receive the ball and his team-mates still had a hard time finding him.
The first half ended with the visitors struggling to deal with a David Luiz cross and you sensed it would be a very interesting second half.
After the restart we were not disappointed, as a header in the 47th minute by John Terry from a corner put Chelsea ahead. But a little later, on 55 minutes, Gokhan Inler scored a good goal from outside the area, putting the Italians in the lead again.
Fernando Torres replaced Sturridge on 60 minutes and went up front but slightly to the right. From the first minute on the pitch you could see that he was up for it and knew that to regain form he had to work hard.
Chances for both teams followed until a penalty for handball by Dossena was put away by Lampard and gave the lead back to Chelsea.
The match was more open, Napoli had more of the ball and both teams were still creating chances. The Londoners had 17 attempts on goal and the Italian team had 16, so the numbers echoed the feeling we had during the game that both teams needed to score and not just sit back.
In extra time, changes were made to replace the players who were tired or injured, as was the case of Terry, but the pattern was the same: more space and more sense of danger from both sides. Everyone knew Napoli players were dangerous on the counter-attack, but when the front players drop to receive and you allow them to get turned, they also show they are dangerous in combination play around the box.
However, Chelsea scored their goals from long balls, set-pieces or second balls, and looked more dangerous using that tactic than any of their combination play, against a compact Italian team.
In the final minutes, Chelsea controlled the game to let the minutes run down and get a result that makes them the only English team in the draw for the quarter-final stage of the Champions League or Europa League.
To talk about systems in this kind of game would not accomplish much. However, I will say that Bayern started with 4-2-3-1 and Basel played 4-4-2. It is obvious that the systems made no difference, but rather the huge imbalance in quality between the two sides.
From the start of the game, Arjen Robben was out to create danger time and again on the right, and in the first few minutes we saw a dangerous counter when he dribbled inside on his left foot and passed into the box.
With this high tempo set by the Germans in the first few minutes the first goal had to be expected, though it came in the most unexpected way. It was a deflection behind the defence which fell to Robben.
Twice in a minute there were chances for Mario Gomez which indicated that the Swiss were going to have a bad night - but no one suspected just how bad it would be.
Robben was always looking for one-twos and shooting chances, and the Swiss defence could not stop Bayern from dominating - the home side had 60 per cent of possession - more and more as the game wore on.
When a Bayern counter-attack ended with a ball from Robben for Thomas Muller to make it 2-0, the match appeared to be over.
That was a reality when it became 3-0 in the 43rd minute; a Holger Badstuber free-kick pulled back for Gomez to convert was a further blow to the morale and hopes of Basel. Of course, this meant it would be a difficult second half.
The visitors had to try to do something. Their only plan was to make runs in behind Philipp Lahm when he was attacking, and try to counter when they could.
But as they were so deep, they hardly got close to the opposition goal. They were organised and worked together, but did not have the quality to surprise the Germans.
Franck Ribery took over from Robben and he raced past his full-back to lay three goals on a plate for Mario Gomez, who scored a total of four and credited Ribery publicly.
Another highlight was Bastian Schweinsteiger's return from injury, which will give more quality to the Bayern midfield. He confirmed this with a pass to Robben for 7-0. The Bavarians have scored 14 goals in their last two games: seven in the Bundesliga and the same in the Champions League.
In short, this was an entertaining game, though the superiority of Bayern was apparent from the opening whistle right to the end. It was a match which left me with the impression that, on their day, Bayern should not be discounted from making it to the final in their own stadium in Munich.
This was a surprise, although some people in Milan may not think so. Inter are out of the competition after a game that could have gone either way, and which looked as if it was heading for extra time but ended in the most painful way possible.
Curiously, both the first leg in Marseille and the second in Italy were decided in injury time. That is the attraction of football, the game not being over until the referee blows the final whistle...
Each side started with their own approach: a tried and tested 4-3-1-2 for Inter, which they have used a lot throughout the season, and a 4-2-3-1 with a very physical double pivot for Marseille who were expected to slow the tempo more than they eventually did.
The home side tried to be very direct and this gave the impression they were in control of the game. But the visitors were the ones who kept the ball better, and had control in their own way.
The Italian side had their chances which, it must be said, the French goalkeeper saved with some luck, especially Diego Milito's attempt with his chest. Inter played at a slower tempo in the second half and their French opponents held out well, watching the clock as they approached their target.
They were always very together, except perhaps in the period between 1-0 and 1-1, where they panicked and appeared to be 'on the ropes'. Just when it appeared that the tie was heading for a draw, with Inter's elimination on the horizon, there was a messy Milito equaliser to seemingly force extra time.
Then came the final act, a disastrous epilogue for the home team. The key moment was a miscalculation by the home defenders after a free-kick by Steve Mandanda. Brandao, not without the kind of luck needed in these situations, gained control of the ball via his back and beat Julio Cesar with his shot.
There was then no time for the Nerazzurri to overcome such a fatal blow, although they earned a quick penalty, which tellingly saw the Marseille goalkeeper sent off for a second bookable offence. Giampaolo Pazzini's goal from 12 yards only served to embellish the story of a game which fluctuated in emotion and intensity.
Inter are out and Didier Deschamps leads his team on a path not trodden since the Nineties - and at that time they ended up as champions.
Real Madrid found a way to win by a big margin against CSKA, although 4-1 is misleading as Los Blancos went through with more difficulty than that scoreline suggests.
The Russian side proved a difficult opponent at the Santiago Bernabeu, ready to play their game and use the few chances they had to spring a surprise. They failed because the Madrid squad is far superior and with some serious unforced errors by the visitors, the mission becomes impossible.
Cristiano Ronaldo's double bolsters his impressive conversion figures, as did the other players competing for a starting place in Real Madrid's attack: Gonzalo Higuain and Karim Benzema.
Madrid set up with their usual 4-2-3-1, with Mesut Ozil and Ronaldo coming inside and leaving room for the full-backs to get forward, especially Marcelo down the left wing.
They managed to create numerical superiority on the left with the incorporation of Marcelo: they moved the ball well from the initiation zone and imposed a lively tempo on the match. Although they had control at all times, in the last third they showed low intensity and physical capacity and their pressing was less coordinated and effective. However, good finishing and the great quality and ability of their players gave them victory in the tie.
In opposition, CSKA protected themselves with a system of 4-4-1-1 or 4-2-3-1, depending on the movements and offensive mentality of their players, and have been doing this since the departure of Wagner Love. They deployed two lines of four who dropped off together to the edge of the box and frustrated the intentions of Real Madrid to overcome them.
The absences of Keisuke Honda, out of the squad, and Pavel Mamaev, initially on the bench, meant they lost some of their attacking abilities. However, they were always looking to get out on the counter to try to surprise the opposition using their striker, Seydou Doumbia, at the right time.
Maybe that's why their play is mainly based on short transitions, quick on the counter with few shots and little success. They were more successful in the first half hour of the game on the right, with a wasteful Ahmed Musa who often left himself without space. At times Doumbia made runs in to the wide spaces behind defenders and Alan Dzagoev moved between the lines, but they had little continuity, tempo and overall intensity.
They looked disorganised and lacked co-ordination in defence, especially in their lateral movements inside, and they failed to stop the overload and numerical superiority which their opponents were creating on the left. Aleksei Berezutski is very slow and his twin, Vasili, was not very successful in covering and helping his full-back.
Finally, there was too great a distance between their lines and they showed poor defensive positioning: they were more static and reactive than effective.