Iniesta: Bayern defeat will help Barcelona improve

The creative midfielder is already looking toward the future after his side’s Champions League elimination and wants to wrap up La Liga as soon as possible

Andres Iniesta has stressed that Barcelona must learn from their mistakes against Bayern Munich as they aim to challenge for top honours in the Champions League again next year.

The Catalans were beaten 7-0 on aggregate in the semi-finals of European club football’s elite competition, yet Iniesta is hopeful that the defeat will benefit Barca on the long term.

“This defeat needs to teach us how to learn from our mistakes. We’ve seen that there have been some [mistakes] during these two matches,” Iniesta told the official Uefa website.

“But defeats, if you use them well, are how to improve for the future. Next year we’ll be back trying to win this tournament again.

“We gave our all to beat Bayern but for a number of reasons – their physical power, their positional play and other things – they deserved to beat us. In the away leg and in this match they were better than us.

“They are in form and it shows, but it stings us that we didn’t compete at our normal level. You are left knocking at the door of the final and that’s very sore.

“Now it’s time to win the league and to feel good about having done so.”

Barcelona will be crowned Liga champions this weekend if they beat Betis and Real Madrid drop points against Valladolid.

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