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After Champions League exit, road ahead for Barcelona not a dead end

Barcelona will have to work on their confidence as this is not the end of the road for the Spanish champions this season.

By: Express Web Desk | Published: April 20, 2017 11:49 am
Barcelona, Champions League, Champions League quarterfinals, Juventus, Real Madrid, El Clasico, La Liga, Copa del Rey, football news, sports news Barcelona lost by 3-0 aggregate to Juventus in the Champions League quarterfinals. (Source: Reuters)

Barcelona had their dreams shattered on Wednesday night when Juventus held them to a goalless draw in the second leg to knock them out 3-0 on aggregate. Catalans failed to pull off a repeat miracle comeback against the Juventus after emerging 6-5 aggregate victors against PSG in the previous round.

Wednesday’s loss at the Camp Nou left Lionel Messi muted while Neymar was reduced to tears at the final whistle. That summed up the mood of the side that were the Champions League winners in 2015.

Blaugrana will have to work on their confidence as this is not the end of the road for the Spanish champions this season. They are still in it for the title and face Alaves in the Copa del Rey final on May 27 at the Vicente Calderon.

Barcelona stand second in the La Liga table with a three point difference to leaders Real Madrid. However Los Blancos have a game in hand against Celta Vigo. With six games left to play, Luis Enrique, who will not be continuing with the club after this season, will be hoping that the tables turn for his side to lift the trophy once again.

Most crucial is their upcoming fixture against rivals and league leaders Real on Sunday at the Santiago Bernabeu. Real, who earned a spot in the Champions League semifinals, look confident standing at the top of the table as they prepare to host their rivals for the much awaited El Clasico. Neymar, will however, miss the crucial match due to suspension. After the El Clasico, Barcelona is set to play with bottom placed Osasuna, Espanyol, Villareal, Las Palmas and Eibar.

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