The Spanish giants were odds-on favourites to make the Champions League final after securing a comfy 3-0 victory over Liverpool at Camp Nou; but were left shell-shocked as The Reds produced a stunning comeback in the second-leg, mortifying Gerard Pique and his Blaugrana team-mates 4-0 at Anfield just a week later.
With Barcelona preparing to wrap up their season with a final showdown against Valencia in the Copa del Rey final, Pique has spoken of the Liverpool defeat and has opened up about the psychological toll their humiliating exit has had on the team.
The defender told El Pais: ‘It has been hard to get up emotionally because the days passed and you did not forget the defeat, it is a fall that will last over time
‘But we must take a step forward.’
‘It was a very difficult situation. The team sees that it is not going, you see that they are squeezing and that it is very recent last year.
‘But we must not torture ourselves. Yes that is one of our great defeats. But that’s the sport, where sometimes you have to bite the dust.
‘It was a nightmare and you have to assume it because it can happen again. But we must understand why it happened and help us in the future because we want to raise the Champions [League] again.’
The La Liga champions exited the competition last season in similar fashion to AS Roma, as they relinquished a 4-1 first-leg advantage to go crashing out of the quarter-finals after losing 3-0 at the Stadio Olimpico in Italy.
With such an unpleasant memory still fresh on the Barcelona players minds heading into the game with Liverpool, Pique believes the mental pressures got the better of his club at Anfield.
‘When something like this happens, everything or almost everything has gone wrong,’ he added.
‘I think that on a mental level, some people were affected by what happened in Rome because we had it very recently.
‘With the first goal, which was very fast, unconsciously you see the image of Rome.
‘Then two more came very quickly and it looked too much like what happened a year ago. Surely it was a mental block, but football was also missing.
‘And they pressed very high, very intense, Anfield also played his role, we were not able. Sometimes happens. It was a very hard day.’