Spanish giants and 5 time winners of the UEFA Champions League, Barcelona were knocked out of the competition as Italian champions Juventus held out for an away 0-0 draw at the Camp Nou to reach the semi-finals on a 3-0 aggregate win. And extended their clean sheet run to nearly nine hours - or 531 minutes - in the competition. "We tried to do everything", added the coach, who will leave the club at the end of the season after three years in charge. On Wednesday, Juventus travels to the Camp Nou with a huge advantage after last week's first leg. Now there are another two steps to go.
"Juventus are a great team and they were better than us in the tie and overall they deserved to go through", Barca defender Gerard Pique told reporters.
"This is another step for our growth and now every opponent will worry about facing Juventus".
Despite Dortmund improving in the second half and enjoying more of the ball, substitute Valere Germain sealed Monaco's place in the semi-finals just seconds after coming off the bench. "Juventus invoke fear now in others and we've proved ourselves, so our objective is to play the final in Cardiff".
But while the home side were looking menacing in possession, Juventus were structured in defence and on the counter-attack, offering a persistent threat through the pace of Paulo Dybala and Juan Cuadrado. Barca fans were really disappointed and it is the right time for Barcelona to come back on the track and take revenge on Juventus in today's second leg.
Juve created a good chance of their own before half time, but Higuain could only shoot straight at Marc-Andre ter Stegen, having been picked out by Miralem Pjanic as a fiery contest - which saw Andres Iniesta and Neymar booked - reached the interval without a breakthrough. "We have to get ready to compete and I am sure we will do that". And for Dybala, keeping Barca out for over 180 minutes proved a hard feat to accomplish.
The talk will now again grow over whether an era has finished, but it could be rather different if Luis Enrique's team had finished any number of chances over a galling 180 minutes of football. "We are very happy with this achievement against such a great side".
"Aside from our determination, which is traditionally part of the Juventus identity, we are becoming more "European" by pressing, proving risky in attack and controlling the game more than we did in previous years".