Barcelona left-back Jordi Alba believes the club’s consistent success stories in recent seasons have spoiled their fans.
The Spanish Champions were on the cusp of rounding up a formidable season with a treble having already secured the La Liga title.
However, it all came crashing down after the miracle of Anfield that saw Barca lose a three-goal lead to crash out in the semis.
Many thought they’d wrap up the campaign with a double for the second consecutive season only for Valencia to end those hopes with a 2-1 win in the Copa del Rey final at Seville.
Meanwhile, Alba is focused on taking the positives of clinching the LaLiga Santander title, despite missing out on the Champions League and the Copa del Rey silverware.
“It’s a very difficult moment for the whole team as we were very close to the treble, but in the end, it wasn’t to be,” he told the media at an event for a summer school.
“For better or for worse, we have spoiled people by winning so many titles and it’s really hard to win.
“We should all give much more value to the league we have won, as it seems that if you only win this title the season is lost.
Teams who have won a treble in European history:
1999 Manchester United
2010 Inter Milan
2013 Bayern Munich
Teams who have won a sextuple in European history:
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“Taking out these two games [at Anfield and the Copa del Rey final] it is the best season of my career on a personal level, but like all humans I make mistakes and I do not have to be ashamed of this.
“The team tried until the end, although against Valencia we didn’t have our best game.
“Now it’s time to recover mentally and physically.”