As Inter Milan beat Viktoria Plzen in resounding fashion with a 4-0 victory, Barcelona’ were eliminated from the UEFA Champions League.
While their game against Bayern Munich was rendered futile in their aims to reach the knockout rounds, a 3-0 defeat did not help the side’s case as they endured a hellish European campaign.
The Catalan giants are set to participate in the Europa League for the second successive season, as their exit has been summed up as a major disappointment by former striker Henrik Larsson.
“It’s clear that it’s a big disappointment that they don’t go ahead. If you’re at a club like Barcelona, you hope you’ll get through the group stage and also go all the way and win.
“With what they did this summer it was to be able to give the push and compete in the Champions League for real, as they did years ago”, he told television channel C- More, as relayed by Mundo Deportivo.
Larsson’s opinion is held by several fans and pundits alike, as Barça had made plenty of blockbuster signings to accelerate Xavi’s project at the club.
Names such as Robert Lewandowski, Raphinha and Jules Kounde, in particular, signified a summer in which the La Liga giants were eyeing their return as one of, if not the most dominant force in European football once again.
Whilst pulling a number of economic levers to finance these additions as well, Barcelona put their long-term future at risk for immediate success.
Tipped as the favourites alongside Bayern Munich to top the group after a brilliant start to La Liga, Larsson is right in pointing out that their exit from the competition is nothing short of a disaster, which will have sporting as well as financial repercussions for the club.