It was not just the loss of a key player that sent Juventus into a tailspin at the weekend.
The side struggled to keep pace with the Catalans in the first half and they looked more and more like a side without the spark and flair to keep up with the likes of Napoli, Roma and Juventus.
Juventus have been one of the better teams in Serie A in recent seasons and the side’s lack of quality in attack has caused many to feel their hopes of being among the elite have been dashed.
The Bianconeri will go into Sunday’s Champions League quarter-final against Barcelona with the same form they had against Real Madrid, who had to settle for a draw.
The club’s first three losses in all competitions this season have been by three goals or less.
They will have to cope with a tougher task in this round of matches after the Spanish side scored twice in the opening 10 minutes to give their visitors the lead.
In the first 10 minutes, Juventus went ahead when Lorenzo Insigne headed in the rebound of Andrea Barzagli’s corner.
Juve’s goalkeeper, Alessandro Del Piero, had the first shot of the match when he was denied by Antonio Pappa’s shot from close range.
It was only the second goal Juventus conceded in the last 20 minutes of their last competitive match.
Barzagli put his side ahead with a header from a corner, but Pappa denied the Italian international again, this time from a close range, with a penalty.
Pappa then came close to adding another late on but his effort was blocked by Del Piera.