If you are a Barcelona fan, this may not be a good read for you but anyway we always learn from our mistakes and lifes’ lessons as last night was one of those to be forgotten for those whose side are from the Catalan side.
It was a night of utter humiliation for Barcelona as they went out of the Champions League after a 8-2 crushing defeat by Bayern Munich as they sent out an emphatic and ominous message to their Champions League rivals with an absolute demolition of fellow European heavyweights Barcelona in a gloriously chaotic and utterly one-sided quarter-final tie in Lisbon.
With some Pundits calling the quarter-final loss “pathetic and embarrassing”, while Spanish football writer Guillem Balague said Barca’s proud heritage had been “thrown in the bin”.
This was not just a defeat, it was a humiliation. A first defeat by a six-goal margin since a 6-0 loss to Espanyol in 1951. Their first concession of eight in a match since an 8-0 defeat to Sevilla in 1946.
Long-serving defender Gerard Pique did not hold back after the match, saying changes were needed – amid widespread reports boss Quique Setien, who has only been in the job since January, would be sacked.
Former Tottenham boss Mauricio Pochettino and ex-Everton manager Ronald Koeman have been linked as his possible replacements.
So, which bad records did this loss leave Barcelona with?
- The loss is their heaviest in European competition, surpassing the 6-2 defeat by fellow Spanish side Valencia in the Inter-Cities Fairs Cup in September 1962.
- They have conceded eight goals in a match for the first time since an 8-0 defeat by Sevilla in April 1946.
- The defeat is the first time they have lost by a six-goal margin since April 1951, when they were beaten 6-0 by Espanyol in a league match.
- This is the fastest a team has ever conceded four goals in a Champions League knockout match since Bayern put four past Porto in 36 minutes in the 2014-15 quarter-final second leg.
- This is their first season without a major trophy since 2013-14.
- This was not just a defeat, it was a humiliation. A first defeat by a six-goal margin since a 6-0 loss to Espanyol in 1951. Their first concession of eight in a match since an 8-0 defeat to Sevilla in 1946.
- The average age of their starting XI on Friday was 29 years and 329 days, the oldest they have ever named for a Champions League tie.