Ivan Rakitic broke finger in Barcelona's Champions League defeat

Posted April 12, 2018

After their 4-1 victory in the first leg at the Nou Camp, the Catalans were heavy favourites to reach their first semi-final in three years but the Giallarossi stormed back in the second leg to register one of the biggest comebacks in UEFA Champions League history.

"We had no response, everything went for them and for us we struggled to build our play", he said.

Angel Di Maria helped give Paris St Germain a 4-0 first-leg lead- but it was not enough
Angel Di Maria helped give Paris St Germain a 4-0 first-leg lead – but it was not enough

The Spanish club thrived in almost every competition it played over the last few years but has failed to succeed recently in the top European club competition. "You had the sensation that they could get the third goal at any time and in the end, they did".

Barcelona's decline in recent years has often been masked by their impressive ability to continue to pick up silverware each season-something Messi should take plenty of credit for-but they're perhaps no longer the force they once were on the pitch and rely too heavily on their talisman.

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"With his team at a clear disadvantage but still in the tie, Valverde didn't go for an attacking solution like putting on Dembele when there was still space", Marca added.

Valverde, who named the same side as the first leg, didn't make his first substitution until the 81st minute and said the buck stops with him for the defeat.

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Second placed Atletico Madrid defend their undefeated home record at the Wanda Metropolitano on Sunday afternoon, against a Levante team yet to taste defeat since Paco Lopez took over as coach in early March.

"I have absolutely no interest in comparing us", Klopp told reporters. Barca have been nigh-on unstoppable in all competitions this season but when it mattered most they crumbled. "We had high hopes this season and it has escaped us again", Iniesta said. "We will give our best for two competitions that remain". "We've been left behind on the road but there's no other remedy than to continue through what will be a couple of tough days". "Now we have to carefully analyze what happened and try to move on".

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Barca president Josep Maria Bartomeu, meanwhile, admitted that Roma deserved to progress, apologising to the club's supporters in the process. "I feel bad for the fans".