Tough week for Real Madrid, Barca

What we learned from the Spanish giants' losses

Updated: April 26, 2012, 2:02 PM ET
By Graham Hunter | Special to ESPN.com

Those of us who love the Champions League already knew that it's a mercurial beast. By turns passionate, alluring, a come-to-bed-smile and fan-faring trumpets. Then, without a blink, snarling, duplicitous, dangerous and vindictive.

But this week, for the two remaining Spaniards at least, there were new levels of bruising and damage.

Barcelona and Real Madrid both led 2-0 on the night but both went out. The Camp Nou and the Santiago Bernabeu were two cathedrals of football ...

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