Despite being huge favourites to progress to the Champions League final, Barcelona were knocked out by Chelsea 3-2 on aggregate. Goals from Andres Iniesta and Sergio Busquets were cancelled out by strikes from Blues duo Ramires and Fernando Torres, as the Chelsea maintained their good record against the Catalans.
Guardiola was in a somber mood after the game, as he acknowledged his players' efforts. However, the Spaniard admitted it would take him awhile to get over the disappointment of leaving Europe's premier club competition.
"It wasn’t meant to be this year. The first thing that goes through my head is immense sorrow. Forgive me if I’m not clairvoyant, but I have the perception that with time I’ll say: ‘we played an excellent tie." he shared with the club's official website.
"We played exceptionally well for 180 minutes, we did everything we could to be in the final. We’ve never worked this hard to be in a final."
The former Barcelona player also bemoaned the psychological impact of Ramires' goal at the stroke of half-time and Lionel Messi's penalty miss.
"We saw a repeat of the same story in London, they scored in the 45+1 minute. The 2-1 wasn’t good for us psychologically. We went out in the second half, we had a penalty, and they were reinforced." Guardiola said.
However, Guardiola was quick to point out the blame should not rest on the Argentinean playmaker's shoulders despite his spot-kick failure. The Barcelona manager believes the club would not have made it this far without Messi's contributions.
"I want to thank him for everything he’s done, my admiration for him is insurmountable. He’s an example to us all on how to be better each day."