Even a comfortable Cope del Rey win over Athletic Bilbao was not enough to paper over the obvious cracks that have developed throughout a disappointing season.
Pep Guardiola will admit things could have gone a lot better in his final season as head coach. Ultimately, Champions League and La Liga failures left a bitter taste to a season that promised so much.
Of course, it's not all doom and gloom at Camp Nou. However, Tito Vilanova will certainly have his work cut out if Barcelona are to regain the two titles that matter most.
While there is money available to spend, the new man in charge may be best served by promoting from within the ranks.
Here are five players who could well make their mark next season...