Messi Blames Man United For Champions League Ouster

12 April, 2018, 07:22 | Author: Keith Rowe
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Barca, having won the first leg 4-1, failed to fire due to passive mindset.

"It's painful because no one expected this after the advantage we had but you realise what the reality of the Champions League is like when you do things badly, when you make lots of errors, when you don't adapt to the game", a visibly distraught Iniesta told reporters.

The 3-0 defeat at the hands of Roma means there won't be a happy ending in Kiev for Iniesta if he does decide to leave Barcelona at the end of this season.

The Catalans were shockingly eliminated from the competition on Tuesday, losing 3-0 at Roma in the second leg of their quarter-final tie.

With a 3-4-1-2 formation, Roma coach, Eusebio Di Francesco, proved a tactical masterstroke as goals by Edin Dzeko, Daniele de Rossi and Kostas Manolas saw off Barcelona. "We had high hopes this season and it has escaped us again", added the 33-year-old, who also acknowledged that the game could have been his last in the competition for Barca amid uncertainty about his future beyond this season.

"Valverde's conservatism took its toll", claimed paper Marca, criticizing the trainer not fluent his team at league games despite using the Spanish name nearly wrapped up, leading to his players experiencing overexertion.


According to Ivan San Antonio of the same outlet, Valverde had a similar message: "We're sorry for them, for the disappointment".

Their failure to reach the semi-finals of the Champions League since their win in 2015 demonstrates as much, and prompted apologies from both Bartomeu and Valverde.

Andres Iniesta has said that exiting the Champions League to Roma "hurts even more" as it could be his final European match for Barcelona. "I thought that when the game was equal, with them needing one more goal, there was enough experience in the team to see the game out", he said.

"With their pressure it forced us to knock balls long, we became disjointed and we were not able to win the second ball".

"But when he doesn't perform the rest of the players, who are very good, they also don't perform".

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