Just like the previous season, FC Barcelona were denied the opportunity to play in the grand final of the Champions League. In the semi-finals they were defeated by a powerful Bayern Munich side who didn’t give the Blaugrana a chance over the two leg tie (4-0 and 0-3). The German team went on to win the tournament  on May 25 at Wembley Stadium.

First in the group stage

FC Barcelona were placed in Group G, along with Celtic Glasgow, Spartak Moscow and Benfica. The Blaugrana won their first three matches (3-2 against Spartak, 0-2 against Benfica and 2-1 against Celtic) and they lost their forth, in Scotland (2-1). Barça secured the top spot of the group when they defeated Spartak in Moscow (0-3) and then drew with Benfica at the Camp Nou (0-0).

Epic comeback

The round of 16 draw brought two classic European team together: AC Milan vs FC Barcelona. The Italians defeated the Blaugrana at the San Siro by 2-0, but the men led by Tito Vilanova – who was in New York for treatment – roared back to take the tie in epic fashion at the Camp Nou thanks to a 4-0 scoreline. It was the first time in Champions League history that a team had lost the away leg by 2-0 and then progressed to the next round.

In the quarter-finals Barça faced PSG. The away leg ended with 2-2 on the scoreboard and Leo Messi picked up an injury. In the return leg, the Argentinian only played 30 minutes, but he was instrumental in the play leading up to Pedro’s goal. The goal allowed Barça to go through to the semi-finals for the sixth consecutive season (1-1, agg. 3-3).

Bayern Munich awaited Barça in the semi-finals of the competition. Messi, Puyol and Mascherano (all injured) missed the away leg, which Barça lost by 4-0. The return leg at the Camp Nou also saw the Blaugrana succumb to their German rivals (0-3). Bayern Munich went on to defeat Borussia Dortmund in the final on May 25.