Bad luck in the Champions League / PHOTO: MIGUEL RUIZ-FCB

April was a month in which the club suffered painful losses, but the fans showed the true majesty of the club. After beating AC Milan in the quarters (3-1), FC Barcelona crashed out of the Champions League to Chelsea despite being by far the better team over the two legs that ended 1-0 in London and 2-2 at the Camp Nou.

The league challenge as good as ended after Real Madrid won 2-1 at the Camp Nou. But the fans responded to both those setbacks with ovations for the players, who had done everything they could and more.

Afellay returned from injury and it was announced that Guardiola would be standing down at the end of the season, to be replaced by his assistant Tito Vilanova in 2012/13.