The Europa League may not be able to match the riches and glamour of the Champions League, but the presence of Manchester United and Inter Milan in the semi-finals is further evidence that Europe's giants are increasingly taking the competition seriously.
Bayern Munich captain Manuel Neuer commiserated with fellow Germany goalkeeper Marc-Andre Ter Stegen, who was in Barcelona's goal for their humiliating 8-2 defeat in the Champions League quarter-final on Friday.
Barcelona's embattled coach Quique Setien offered no indication that he would resign in the immediate aftermath of Friday's 8-2 Champions League humiliation at the hands of Bayern Munich, as club president Josep Maria Bartomeu promised to "take decisions" in the coming days.
Who said what after Bayern Munich humiliated Barcelona 8-2 in the Champions League quarter-finals on Friday:
Philippe Coutinho's late two-goal cameo against Barcelona in Bayern Munich's jaw-dropping 8-2 quarter-final victory Friday inflictedÂ further misery on a club that splashed out a record 160 million euros ($189.5 million) to sign the Brazilian in January 2018.
A merciless Bayern Munich inflicted a humiliating, record defeat on Barcelona on Friday, recording a scarcely believable 8-2 victory in their Champions League quarter-final in Lisbon to leave Lionel Messi forlorn and surely hastening in the end of an era in Catalonia.
Thomas Mueller claimed a Champions League record Friday as the Germany reject stole the limelight from Robert Lewandowski and Lionel Messi as Bayern Munich routed Barcelona in their Champions League quarter-final.
Philippe Coutinho put the icing on the cake in Bayern's thumping win over Barca, his ex-team, by assisting Lewandowski to make it 6-2 and scoring to make it 7-2 and 8-2 just seven minutes later.