The dynasty lives.
Many - myself included - had predicted that FC Barcelona's long run as the world's best club team would come to an end when they faced AC Milan trailing 2-0 on aggregate before their second leg UEFA Champions League round of 16 match on Tuesday. But they were wrong.
Wrong to think Barcelona had no hope of becoming the first team to ever overcome a two-goal deficit while playing their second leg at home. Wrong to think Barca's slump - which saw them lose to Milan, lose to Real Madrid twice and struggle to beat weak La Liga opponents - foretold the end of their dominance. Wrong to think acting head coach Jordi Roura had let things fall apart while Tito Vilanova underwent chemotherapy. Wrong to think Lionel Messi and Xavi Hernandez and Andres Iniesta would let such a thing happen.
Such was the trashing Barca handed Milan in their 4-0 victory - which made the aggregate score an unambiguous 4-2 and sends the Catalans through to the quarterfinals - that any such talk...