Andrés Iniesta on El Marcador. PHOTO: MIGUEL RUIZ-FCB.

Andrés Iniesta visited the Barça TV studios after Tuesday night’s game to speak on the “El Marcador” programme and he explained "it hurts us as players for all the people who are suffering because of the defeat – all the people that are behind us. Still feeling the fans are with you, even though we have missed out on the Champions League final, is great. All we can say right now is that we will be back and be fighting for every title again - we just fell a bit short tonight”.

“Football wasn’t fair to us”

The first thing that Iniesta did was to congratulate Chelsea on their qualification, whilst lamenting the defeat and pointing out some of the reasons behind it: “football wasn’t fair to us – we had so many chances that didn’t go in and Chelsea had three over both legs and scored three times”. As to Tuesday’s game, Iniesta revealed: “we tried everything, but even when they were down to 10 men they defended en masse”.

Cup Final on the horizon

After the disappointment of the league and Champions League, Iniesta admitted: “we have been up there in both competitions, but we just fell short of the line”. With the Spanish Cup final and the last few league games to come, Iniesta assured the fans: “we are Barça and we know what that represents, so we will be going out to win all our remaining league games- that’s the best way to prepare for the Cup Final”.

Hopes Guardiola will stay for “a long time”

With Pep Guardiola announcing that he will be meeting President Sandro Rosell to discuss his future, Iniesta made his position clear: “it’s a decision between him and the Club. He knows what we all want and let’s hope he stays here for a long time. Pep knows that, not just for tonight, but always”.