Messi and co unable to lift a second consecutive Champions League title | MIGUEL RUIZ - FCB

Barça’s aim to become the first team since AC Milan in the 1990s to retain the trophy began in encouraging fashion, Luis Enrique’s team going undefeated in the group stages after coming up against Roma, Bayer Leverkusen and Bate Borisov.

The blaugranes dealt with the two month absence due to injury of Leo Messi – Luis Suárez contributing five goals ahead of the Argentine’s three. In the last 16, Barça came up against an old foe in the shape of Premier League side Arsenal.

The London club were dispatched 2-0 at the Emirates Stadium and 3-1 at Camp Nou to set up a quarter final tie against fellow la Liga side Atlético Madrid.

The first leg against Diego Simeone’s team came at home and Barça were a little unlucky to only win 2-1, their margin of victory could easily been greater at Camp Nou. In the second leg luck again deserted them as two goals from Antoine Griezmann saw ‘los colchoneros’ through in a competition in which they would end up as runners-up.