Dani Alves believes that Barcelona's 7-0 aggregate defeat against Bayern Munich in the semi-finals of the Champions League does not necessarily mean that the Bundesliga champions are the better team.
The Bavarians won 4-0 at home in the first leg before sealing the deal with a 3-0 victory in the return at Camp Nou on Wednesday.
However, even though Alves has admitted that Bayern were too strong this time around, he feels things can go differently again next time around.
"I do not think that Bayern are better than Barcelona per se. But they were better this time around and deservedly made it to the final. We were not at our best and that shows at this level," Alves told reporters.
"The only thing left for us is simply to salute them and congratulate them. Bayern have a great team. They had their chances and they took them clinically.
"It's just another indication that this great tournament continuously makes you face the most powerful rivals. We played with a lot of intensity tonight but we didn't score and that's been the difference in this leg."
The right-back then went on to urge his team-mates to turn their focus to La Liga again.
"Now we have a very important prize left to win, the league. It's important to put that to bed as quickly as possible, then it will be time to reflect on how we need to improve in order to have one more chance to win this terrific competition."
Barcelona resume domestic action on Sunday at home against Betis.