Barcelona’s shock elimination at the hands of Liverpool in the Champions League semi-final second leg at Anfield will no doubt take time to digest.
A year from the similarly painful loss in Rome combined with the damaging defeat on Merseyside has resulted in a tough period of reflection for the Catalan club.
Nobody can hide, not even Lionel Messi.
His face during and after Sunday’s 2-0 home win against Getafe was a fair reflection of the recent mood in the camp.
“We have to be more united than ever, now is the time to get behind us,” he said.
On Sunday, the Blaugrana captain was seen leaving the pitch without applauding the supporters.