Barcelona defeat to Roma is down to Lionel Messi - pundit

Brandon Parsons
April 12, 2018

Incidentally, on the way to setting this record, the duo overtook their former Barcelona colleagues Carlos Puyol and Xavi Hernandez, who had previously played in Europe's premier competition 96 times together.

But in the Barcelona camp tempers are said to have exploded in the dressing room.

Liverpool qualified for the last four on Tuesday thanks to a 2-1 win in the quarter-final second leg at City, adding to their 3-0 victory at Anfield last week. "It is a massive disappointment given the season we had been having".

"They were aggressive and they took the game in the direction they wanted it to go". Busquets was even more scathing than Iniesta in his criticism of the performance.

Neymar left in the offseason, and the players who joined the club after his departure were not able to play up to the same level.

Dembele was on the bench Tuesday, entering the match in the final minutes as a substitute.

One of the sights of the evening was Andres Iniesta, who was substituted in the closing minutes when they score was still 2-0 on the night, looking pensive in the Barca dugout and afterwards the Spain global midfielder made a bad night worse for the Catalans when he spoke to the press and implied this could be his last season at the club.

Lionel Messi has launched a stinging attack on Manchester United, blaming them for Barcelona's surprise exit from the UEFA Champions League, reports say.

"They applied high pressure throughout and that made it hard to play our game".

Although the loss in Rome ended Barcelona's chances of winning the treble, the team remains in good position to win the Spanish league and the Copa del Rey.

Iniesta is considering a move to China and hinted as much when asked if this was his final Champions League match. "But we don't have any other option. Right now we feel bad".

Barcelona now turn their focus back to LaLiga, where they host Valencia this weekend.

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