Barca coach Pep Guardiola said afterwards: "Madrid deserves to win the league and we do too, which is why I have, in these eight days, the tranquility of a job well done. I can not blame the team, or demand more. How can you ask them to win the league? If they do, great and if not, great also.
"So I said at halftime: 'Win it if you can and if not, don't worry about it.' I, as a footballer, was unable to do what these guys have done. The players amaze even more if they lose the league than if they win it.
"There will be assessments made if we fail to win it, but they do not worry me. When we finish, we will be happy if we win and sad if we do not but after the eighth day we'll forget about it and say: 'It was a spectacle'."