We all knew this was going to be the case two weeks ago, but it’s now been confirmed that, for a second successive season, Barcelona have been eliminated in the Champions League group stages.
On Wednesday night, Barça hosted Bayern Munich, with their fate already sealed after Inter had hammered Viktoria Plzeň in the early kick off.
As a result, the atmosphere and performance at Camp Nou was extremely flat, with the Blaugrana swatted aside 3-0.
Yes they’re in a tough group but, having accumulated just one point from four games with Bayern and Inter, Xavi’s team can have little complaints.
Back in La Liga, Barcelona start the weekend second, three points behind Real Madrid, looking to erase that gap, even if only for 24 hours, with a victory here.
Valencia meantime have improved under Gennaro Gattuso, but continue to be very inconsistent.
Los Che were beaten 2-1 by Mallorca last time out, despite taking the lead through Edinson Cavani’s penalty.
This ended los Murciélagos’ five-game unbeaten streak, seeing them sink down to ninth.
Can Valencia claim a statement victory at Mestalla?