Andres Iniesta believes Real Madrid will be disappointed by losing out in La Liga to Barcelona, despite winning the Champions League.
Both sides went head-to-head until the final day of the season, with the Blaugrana seeing off their biggest rivals to reclaim the title.
“We do not have a party if Madrid win the Champions League or not. This goes beyond any game or competition,” Iniesta said on Monday.
“We celebrate our own triumphs, are happy with our successes and disappointed in our defeats.
“Real have lifted the Champions League but will be disappointed not to have won La Liga, so our fans, and us as a team, should be very proud of the season we have had,” Iniesta continued.
“Of course the failure in the Champions League was an important setback, but next year we will fight back.”
Reflecting further on the Catalan club’s season, the Spain playmaker pin-pointed the response to the squad’s dip in form in April as a key catalyst for Luis Enrique’s side.
“It’s hard to say what has made this season more difficult than the first season under Luis Enrique, which also had moments of doubt, but this year there has also been in slump in April, where everything was complicated.
“The team was tested on whether it could recover and demonstrate a winning mentality when La Liga was really difficult, and it did.”