"They (Roma) were strong, physical and we had a lot of problems".
With Lionel Messi once again failing to score in FC Barcelona's shocking UEFA Champions League exit on Tuesday, he has, in fact, never scored in ties the Blaugrana were eliminated in, while Cristiano Ronaldo seems to step it up on bad days. Busquets was even more scathing than Iniesta in his criticism of the performance.
Barcelona surrendered a 4-1 first leg advantage to lose 3-0 in Rome and crash out on away goals, but as well as blaming Valverde's tactics, fingers were pointed at an off-colour Messi. "This is the toughest loss since I've been with Barcelona, because of the way it happened".
Another big clash in the battle for European qualification comes at the Sanchez-Pizjuan on Saturday, with Villarreal looking to avenge their 3-2 defeat earlier to the season by Sevilla in what was one of LaLiga's games of the season so far. "I would be lying if I said we could use this as a learning experience because a year ago we went out in a similar way", added Busquets.
"We want to be contending for the Champions League title year after year", Barcelona president Josep Bartomeu said. We have to try and win them because we have not won anything yet.Читайте также: Stocks rally as Xi calms jitters over US-China trade row
Two of LaLiga's most in-form teams meet Friday evening at Montilivi, as Girona's run of seven wins and a draw in their last eight at home comes up against Real Betis' six victories in their last eight away games.
For captain Andres Iniesta, it was a painful night as he might be leaving at the end of the season.
"But when he doesn't perform the rest of the players, who are very good, they also don't perform". "Right now we feel terrible". "They were superior to us in all aspects".
When asked if he will play Champions League football next season, Iniesta said: "It's a possibility [that this is my last game in the competition], but it's not the day to send messages, we are all hurt".
Barcelona now turn their focus back to LaLiga, where they host Valencia this weekend.При любом использовании материалов сайта и дочерних проектов, гиперссылка на обязательна.
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