With the second legs of the Champions League round of 16 matches done and dusted, it's time to look at the best XI ...
Goalkeeper: Manuel Neuer's inclusion is not without caveats. Although he blocked from Stephan Lichtsteiner in the move leading to Paul Pogba's goal, he had probably not needed to come out that far and a miskick from a backpass shortly afterwards underscored a nervy start. Yet, had he not sprung across his line to save what seemed a certain goal for Juan Cuadrado shortly before half-time, Bayern would have been 3-0 down and surely out of the game. He also denied Alvaro Morata and Lichtsteiner -- and made a superb save at the death from Stefano Sturaro's header. Like his team, he eventually produced when it mattered.
Centre-back: PSV Eindhoven put in a dogged, gutsy performance against Atletico Madrid and, just as he had in the first leg, Jeffrey Bruma proved an impenetrable barrier in their rearguard action. Bruma, who formed part of a three-man central defence, was a colossus throughout the 210 minutes across the two ties -- getting a head, leg or perfectly timed block on everything the Spanish giants could fling his way. PSV were superbly organised and, while Atletico's pressure was intense at times, did not deserve their eventual defeat on penalties.
Centre-back: Atletico's defence performed admirably too. It is hard to believe that Jose Maria Gimenez, a commanding centre-back, only turned 21 in January. He formed an all-Uruguayan partnership with Diego Godin at the back and rarely found himself beaten in the air or on the floor. Gimenez, who also converted a penalty in the shootout, is a fearless competitor who plays with the air of somebody far more experienced -- and it is little surprise that the likes of Manchester City and Manchester United have been linked with his services this year.
Centre-back: Although Arsenal had their moments against Barcelona there was never any genuine danger of them upsetting the holders. Javier Mascherano, in a central defensive pairing that dealt with a mobile Gunners attack well, played no small part in that -- his anticipation helped keep Danny Welbeck & Co. quiet while his accurate distribution ensured that the home team could transition quickly from defence to attack. "In the Champions League you have a bad game and you're out, that's why it is so beautiful and difficult," he said afterwards. Mascherano's consistency underpins Barcelona's heroics further forward and has been a significant factor in their form.
Centre-midfield: There are signs that Mohamed Elneny, the January signing from Basel, is growing into an Arsenal side that has endured its fair share of bumps in the road recently. The Egyptian midfielder got into a couple of goalscoring positions in Sunday's FA Cup defeat to Watford but made no mistake on an even bigger stage, finishing Alexis Sanchez's cutback emphatically and giving the Gunners a brief glimmer of hope at the Camp Nou. Elneny's energy and efficiency on the ball are starting to look at home in the Gunners' engine room, and he certainly stood out despite seeing his team well beaten.
Centre-midfield: France international Paul Pogba could hardly have done anything more to help Juventus in their doomed quest for a last-eight spot. The midfielder, notionally tucked in from the left behind lone striker Alvaro Morata at the Allianz Arena, was outstanding in what was, for 70 minutes, a near-flawless performance from the Bianconeri. He showed composure to open the scoring and fine presence of mind to tee up a chance for Juan Cuadrado that would surely have won the tie, but equally impressive were his technical and physical domination of his opponents in midfield. It was a marvellous all-round performance and the exit of Pogba, along with his team, is certainly the Champions League's loss.
Right wing: Bayern could barely have looked more flat when Kingsley Coman came on, 60 minutes in, for a toiling Xabi Alonso and took a spot on the right flank. Pep Guardiola had instructed his team, so ponderous in constructing moves through the middle, to make better use of the wings and Coman took full advantage of the extra space offered by a tiring Alex Sandro -- the Juventus left wing-back. A darting run to the line and an inch-perfect cross set up Thomas Muller's dramatic equaliser, while the superb solo goal that crowned Bayern's comeback came from the momentum he had helped create. Could it have all been different? Maybe. The 19-year-old Coman is, of course, on a two-year loan at Bayern from... Juventus.
Left wing: Benfica looked to have been punished for their caution against Zenit St Petersburg when Hulk levelled the tie, but their playmaker Nicolas Gaitan came up trumps again. His 84th minute goal, a sharp piece of anticipation and simple header, effectively sent the Portuguese team through and his surging late run led to a clinching strike for Anderson Talisca. Gaitan's goal was his fourth of this Champions League season, and all have been of consequence; the Argentine will be crucial to their hopes of going beyond the last eight.
Striker: He may not quite be important enough to see his likeness constructed in the Eiffel Tower's place, but if Zlatan Ibrahimovic is to depart Paris Saint-Germain this summer he seems determined to leave with the Champions League under his arm. His deflected free kick had opened the scoring in the first leg and he had the final say at Stamford Bridge, volleying Angel Di Maria's cross high into the net with the tie delicately poised. Ibrahimovic had also created Adrien Rabiot's first-half goal and if PSG are to take the biggest prize of all -- on which they can concentrate after wrapping up Ligue 1 with absurd ease -- then the Swede will have plenty more to say in the coming weeks.
Striker: The influence of Alvaro Morata at the Allianz Arena was highlighted by what happened after he was replaced, 72 minutes into Juventus's dramatic defeat, by Mario Mandzukic. It was not Mandzukic's fault that Bayern began their comeback moments later, and nor was it his fault that he and Morata are entirely different players, but the Spaniard had done a prodigious job in leading the line for a visiting side that had counter-attacked to perfection. Morata's 70-yard run between the boxes, and superbly timed pass, for Cuadrado's goal would have deserved to win most matches and he came close to sealing things himself early in the second half. "When Mandzukic came on we were able to control it better," said Pep Guardiola, and he was not wrong.
Striker: Perhaps, in a parallel universe, Luis Suarez is doing all this for Arsenal -- who had been determined to buy him from Liverpool three years ago. Instead, he did it to them... and in spectacular fashion. His stunning scissor kick, 14 minutes after Elneny had breathed a degree of oxygen into the tie, was a trademark piece of explosive quality. It was also his 42nd goal, and sixth in the Champions League, of a season in which he has hit new heights. Suarez also laid on Neymar's opener and the duo, along with Lionel Messi, show no sign of sparing anybody on this form.