Mascherano believes it was one of the great performances of this team's cycle.
He remarked: "What we have achieved in the last five years is crazy … It is easier to analyse what’s happened over the last fortnight, but there are so many more things to analyse.
"This team is still competitive, and that’s what we should be appreciating. We shouldn’t turn one defeat into a tragedy. Real Madrid denied us one final opportunity. They have a great team, with some great players … And neither have we suddenly entered paradise. We have passed this test, but there are still eight great teams left in the Champions league. We have to carry on like that. This club can’t let its arms down”.