Chelsea defeated Real Madrid 3-2 at the Santiago Bernabeu on Tuesday night, but it was the Los Blancos who won the tie on aggregate.
Chelsea pushed Real Madrid to the limits having gone 3-0 up but lost the battle late in the second-half.
Barcelona boss Xavi has reacted to Madrid’s victory over Chelsea and Bayern Munich’s exit in the hands of Villarreal, as he claimed that it shows the quality of the La Liga.
“What happened on Tuesday shows that LaLiga is not far behind the Premier League,” Xavi told a news conference.
“No matter what, LaLiga will always be LaLiga and it’s very competitive. I saw both games. I am a soccer fan. And in the end our main goal is to be back in the Champions League.
“By the way, Villarreal are a big club now, aren’t they? You all should put them on your big clubs list.”