Why is retaining the Champions League more difficult than ever?

Barcelona ran into a brick wall on Wednesday as Atletico Madrid dumped the holders out of the Champions League.

A 3-2 aggregate defeat condemned Luis Enrique’s side to a quarter-final exit in their quest of retaining Europe’s flagship cup competition.

No side has ever retained the Champions League – the great AC Milan side were the last to win back-to-back European Cups in 1990 – and you’d be forgiven for thinking that if a side with Luis Suarez, Lionel Messi and Neymar can’t do it then no-one can.

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