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The loss is a setback for Barcelona and a major blow to Martino.

In an eight-day span, Barcelona exited Europe’s top-tier competition with a loss, slipped to third place in the Spanish league, and then lost Copa del Rey to its fiercest rival.

“It has been a hard week on all fronts,” said Martino, who remains confident of hanging on to his job for one more season. “As I have said for one, two, three months now, I don’t feel that my future has changed because of all that we lost, and nor do I think it would be different if we had won.”

Barcelona will now have to catch both Madrid and Atletico with only five rounds left in the Spanish league to make sure it doesn’t end the season without a major piece of silverware for the first time since the arrival of Pep Guardiola in 2008-09.