Barcelona coach Pep Guardiola believes Tuesday night’s Champions League semi-final against Chelsea will define their season after losing El Clasico, and probably their La Liga crown, to Real Madrid.
Guardiola effectively ceded the Spanish title to bitter rivals Real after a 2-1 defeat at the Nou Camp on Saturday night left them seven points behind the Liga leaders with four games left to play.
Barca now host Chelsea looking to turn around their Champions League semi-final tie having lost 1-0 in the first leg at Stamford Bridge, determined to hang on to their European crown. Guardiola told Sport: “We will see on Tuesday whether we will pass this test, but I think the players will lift themselves up and look at the manner of how things will go against Chelsea.
“What happens against Chelsea will mark the rest of our season. Although the guys have not had long to recover, they have had setbacks like this before and risen to the challenge.”