On Wednesday, Barcelona were officially shown the door out of the Champions League, after Inter Milan annihilated Viktoria Plzen 4-0 at the San Siro.
Barça’s subsequent 3-0 defeat to Bayern Munich capped off a dreadful group stage exit for a once-European juggernaut.
However, the Catalan side are not the only side to have been far from their best in the continent’s elite competition.
In a group alongside the likes of Club Brugge, Porto and Bayer Leverkusen, the much-fancied Atletico Madrid have also exited the competition.
It’s safe to say that both Barcelona and Atleti’s group-stage exits are far more of a blunder than Sevilla’s, who have ultimately finished behind top sides such as Borussia Dortmund and Manchester City in Group G.
As per the latest information provided by The Times (h/t Madrid Zone), La Liga is at the risk of losing second place in UEFA’s league rankings, as three Spanish clubs have endured exits in the group stage.
Spanish football’s only saving grace in the Champions League remain Real Madrid, who won the competition in heroic fashion last term.
However, the staggeringly underwhelming displays from both Barcelona and Atletico Madrid could have directly hamper the Spanish top-flight as a whole, and the number of spots available to the division in the tournament.
For years on end, La Liga has been held in high regard, especially due to the fact that teams from the division tend to always punch above their weight in Europe.
However, such has not been the case in this season’s edition of the competition, which also highlights how the division seems to have fallen from grace in recent years.
Ultimately, it isn’t a stretch to say that Barcelona and Atletico Madrid will have plenty to answer for if UEFA tend to punish La Liga as a whole.