Tottenham fans react on Twitter to Paulinho's display against Chelsea

Barcelona's Brazilian midfielder Paulinho runs with the ball during the first leg of the UEFA Champions League round of 16 football match between Chelsea and Barcelona at Stamford Bridge...

Ex-Tottenham flop Paulinho started for Barcelona against Chelsea this evening.

Paulinho of Barcelona is challenged by N'Golo Kante of Chelsea during the UEFA Champions League Round of 16 First Leg match between Chelsea FC and FC Barcelona at Stamford Bridge on...

Barcelona came from a goal down to claim a 1-1 draw at Chelsea in the first leg of their Champions League last 16 tie at Stamford Bridge this evening.

After hitting the woodwork twice, Willian made it third time lucky to put Chelsea in front, before Lionel Messi ended his bizarre hoodoo by finally scoring against the Blues, tucking home Andres Iniesta's pass.

With an away goal in their back pocket now, Barcelona will feel confident of advancing into the last eight of the competition ahead of the return leg at the Camp Nou, provided they don't endure a nightmare in Catalunya.

Barcelona's Brazilian midfielder Paulinho runs with the ball during the first leg of the UEFA Champions League round of 16 football match between Chelsea and Barcelona at Stamford Bridge...

However, one player who will be hoping for much better than tonight's showing is midfielder Paulinho, who was far from impressive for Ernesto Valverde's side at Stamford Bridge.

The Brazilian was making his first return to London since leaving Tottenham Hotspur for Guangzhou Evergrande in 2015, with the midfielder now carving out a role for Barca despite his struggles in England.

Having impressed in La Liga this season with eight goals to his name, many wondered whether Paulinho had really kicked on from his time with Spurs – but fans were left bemused on Twitter.

Paulinho of Spurs is seen on the bench during the Barclays Premier League match between  Tottenham Hotspur and Hull City at White Hart Lane on May 16, 2015 in London, England.

Tottenham fans felt that Paulinho was exactly the same player who failed to make any sort of impression with Spurs, with many shocked that he is somehow playing for Barcelona.

Others noted that Moussa Sissoko cannot be Tottenham's worst ever player given that Paulinho featured for the club, with widespread shock that he is in the same team as Messi.

Head coach Mauricio Pochettino (L) of Tottenham Hotspur give instructions to Paulinho (R) during the UEFA Europa League match between Partizan and Tottenham Hotspur at the Stadium JNA on...

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