The fourth and final season under Josep Guardiola ended with four more titles to make it an amazing 14 trophies in four seasons The team took the Spanish and European Super Cups, World Club Cup and the Spanish Cup in a season in which Leo Messi scored a record breaking 73 goals to take the Golden Boot.

First three out of three

Barça won all three of the first titles up for grabs. In a close and thrilling two legged Spanish Super Cup final, a Leo Messi goal just as the game looked set to go into extra time, gave Barça a 3-2 win at the Camp Nou following the 2-2 draw at the Bernabeu. A few days later the team added the European Super Cup with a 2-0 win over Porto thanks to goals from Messi and Cesc, who had joined in the summer, along with Alexis Sánchez.

Just before the Christmas the team won their third trophy of the campaign, beating Santos 4-0 in the final of the World Club Cup in Japan, after seeing off Al Sadd of Qatar in the semi-finals.

League and Champions League so close

A series of slip ups away to Real Sociedad (2-2), Getafe (1-0) and Osasuna (3-2) left Barça 10 points adrift of Real Madrid at the midpoint of the league season, but a great comeback reduced that to just 4 when Madrid came to the Camp Nou and virtually ensured the title with a 1-2 win. Barça had won the league meeting between the two at the Bernabeu 1-3.

Even more painful perhaps was the defeat in the Champions League, when after topping their group and beating Bayer Leverkusen (1-3 and 7-1) and AC Milan (0-0 and 3-1), eventual champions Chelsea defeating them in the semi finals. With four posts in the two legs (1-0 and 2-2) Barça were really out of luck in both London and Barcelona.

Guardiola bids farewell with another trophy

A few weeks before the Spanish Cup Final against Athletic Bilbao, Josep Guardiola announced he would be leaving at the end of the season and the Club revealed that his assistant Tito Vilanova would be taking over next year. So, Guardiola’s final game was the final at the Vicente Calderon and the team put on a fantastic performance, with two goals from Pedro and another from Messi to lift the Club’s 26th Spanish Cup as a fitting homage to the Club’s most successful ever coach (0-3).