Barcelona will be desperate to forget the events of the last week or so.
The Catalan giants’ spectacular collapse at Liverpool in the Champions League saw them fail to conquer Europe once again.
Liverpool ran riot at Anfield and the Spanish champions simply had no answer as their commanding 3-0 first-leg lead was wiped out inside 55 minutes.
A brace apiece for Divock Origi and Giorginio Wijnaldum was enough to see the English side through to the Madrid final, as Barca’s band of superstars were sent packing with their tails between their legs.
It was one of the lowest points in the clubs history and will certainly take some recovering from.
Still, with the La Liga title already wrapped up and a Copa Del Rey final to look forward to, Barca certainly have plenty to be proud of this season.
BUSQUETS REVEALS ‘DEEP WOUND’
However, the manner of their loss to Liverpool has really left it’s mark on the players, with midfielder Sergio Busquets describing it as a ‘deep wound’.
Speaking after the clubs 2-0 win over Getafe, it was clear to see that Busquets was still traumatised by that disastrous night at Anfield.
“We wanted to be at 100 per cent but it was a struggle because of what happened [at Liverpool],” he said, speaking of the Getafe win.
“We have to keep going and we have to focus on the Copa del Rey final. Hopefully, the wound which the club, the players and the fans have will heal.
“The challenge ahead isn’t a small one, either. The double’s no small thing but the wound from Liverpool is deep.
“We know how fans are feeling but their behaviour has been spectacular.
“They showed their disappointment at first, but after that, they were 10 out of 10. We’re all p*ssed off, but we have to keep going. There’s nothing else for it.”
It’s clear then, that one hurt.
However, as a team littered with some of the finest footballers on the planet, you can be sure Barcelona will be raring to go again soon.
Sadly for Lionel Messi and his teammates, that unfinished business in the Champions League will have to wait for another season.