Sometimes the ball just doesn’t want to go in and after a brilliant march through to the last four, Barça suffered some really bad luck in the tie against Chelsea and saw their hopes of retaining the title they won at Wembley in 2011 dashed.

Top of the Group

Barça made a great start to the defence of their title and took 16 out of a possible 18 points in the group stage, where they were pitted against AC Milan, Viktoria Pilsen and BATE Borissov, ensuring top spot with a game to spare by beating Milan 2-3 in Italy.

In the first knock out round they were then drawn against Bayer Leverkusen and two goals from Alexis Sanchez in Germany gave them a comfortable 1-3 lead for the second leg when they destroyed Bayer with a historic 7-1 win, with five goals from Leo Messi.

In the quarter finals, they were again drawn to play AC Milan and after a goalless draw in Italy had left the tie up for grabs, Guardiola’s men won the return leg 3-1, with Messi scoring two and Iniesta the other.

In the semis, they faced Chelsea who had struggled to see of Naples and Benfica, but managed to win the first leg at Stamford Bridge thanks to a Drogba goal from an isolated attack, whilst Barça were twice denied by the woodwork (1-0). It was to be the same unlucky story the following week in the return leg, as Leo Messi saw two efforts hit the post, one of them a penalty (2-2).

Luck was certainly on the English team’s side and they went on to win the title for the first time in their history, beating Bayern Munich on home soil in a penalty shoot out.