The Spanish players had not left the Olympic Stadium in Kiev before minds were being focused on winning the 2014 World Cup.
The Champions League semifinal against Chelsea has become about more than just winning. It is a chance for Barça to beat the Blues convincingly.
The football world is running out of superlatives to describe the mesmerising skills of Barcelona's Lionel Messi, writes Sid Lowe.
Fernando Torres has revealed that he resolved to leave Liverpool long before his January transfer to Chelsea because the club was in "chaos".
Barcelona -- and Spain -- playmaker Xavi tells Sid Lowe about his football education, Cesc Fabregas and why Paul Scholes is the best midfielder
As David Beckham leaves Real Madrid amidst the club's presidential Star Wars, RamÃ³n CalderÃ³n's presidency hangs in the balance. He won an election last year on the narrowest of margins after postal votes were suspended by a court ruling because of serious irregularities. However, the embargo on those thousands of votes will soon be lifted by a Madrid judge.
Chelsea striker, Fernando Torres says he is more mature and focused and owes a debt of gratitude to Liverpool, writes Sid Lowe.
The best defence is attack, according to the all-rounder Dani Alves, who has helped to reverse Barcelona's fortunes and propel them to success.
Pep Guardiola was not lying all those years ago when he told Cesc Fabregas that he would one day wear Barcelona's No.4 shirt.
At times the campaign against Madrid's coach has been vicious and some of the criticism absurd. But much of the opprobrium has been earned.