Media across Spain was united for once after the worst result in Barcelona’s history.
It is rare for sports papers in Catalonia and in the rest of Spain to agree on a headline but both Barcelona-based Diario Sport and Madrid-based Diario AS went with ’Historic Humiliation’ front pages on Saturday morning after the club’s 8-2 defeat to Bayern Munich.
Spain is reeling after the quarter-final results left it without a representative in the semi-finals for the first time in 13 years but all the focus was on the impending upheaval at chaos club Barcelona.
The Spanish press have rounded on Barcelona after their 8-2 thrashing by Bayern Munich
Sport and AS called the Champions League quarter-final demolition a ‘historic humiliation’
Mundo Deportivo’s headline reads: ‘Shameful end of cycle’, after the brutal defeat
AS said Bayern had ‘flattened a pathetic’ rival that currently exists in a state of ‘painful ridicule’ and in one opinion piece Sport said that Bayern had ‘ridiculed Barcelona on a nightmare evening’.
In its player ratings only Luis Suarez and Jordi Alba were giving marks as the rest were graded zero.
And Sport’s verdict on Barcelona coach Quique Setien’s performance was headlined ‘Sacked’ in anticipation of what will inevitably happen to the 61-year-old.
Its analysis continued: ‘He cannot last not even one more day in the job. The task has been far too big for him. He has nothing to offer.’
Even Lionel Messi could not escape the criticism and was graded zero by AS for his display
Marca splashed the word ‘shame’ across their front page after the club’s record European loss
‘It’s finished’, read the headline on the front page of L’Esportiu as papers in Europe reacted
‘Embarrassment’ was the word plastered across the front page of Marca.
It declared this season, the first without a trophy since Frank Rijkaard’s final campaign in 2008, the ‘end of an era’ at the club.
Its match report was titled ‘Historic debacle’ and only three players – Marc Andre ter Stegen, Frenkie De Jong and Lionel Messi – got any marks in its ratings.
El Mundo Deportivo was no more forgiving calling the 8-2 the ‘mother of all debacles’ and highlighting the fact that on loan from Barça Philip Coutinho’s late goals only added to the sense of embarrassment.
Luis Suarez, along with Jordi Alba, was one of the only players to be graded above zero in AS
The night will go down in history and it is one Barcelona fans will struggle to forget
There were calls the announcement of elections one year ahead of the official end of Josep Bartomeu’s mandate. Potential presidential candidate Victor Font said: ‘It is too many years of shame and sadness.
‘The feeling for this night can only be called humiliation. Let’s not prolong the agony or lose any more precious time. We need Bartomeu to resign and for elections to take place.’
Elections are unlikely with the president expected to hang on into his final year and concentrate on finding a new coach.
Mauricio Pochettino has been installed as the early favourite as revealed by Sportsmail.