Messi's Barca make shock Champions League exit

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Five-time European champions Barcelona were also beaten 3-0 at the quarter-final stage last season at Juventus.

Barca had 4-1 advantage going into the second leg in Rome but were beaten 3-0 by the Italians who went through to the semi-final.

"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. "This is the toughest blow I've received in the whole time I've been at Barca because of how it happened". "We've seen it a little bit regularly - if you're a heartfelt Barca fan or if you're a Barca planner or if you're their president or indeed their captain, Andres Iniesta - there's an exact similarity to Turin past year". We have to try and win them because we have not won anything yet.

Holding back tears, he told it TV3 it may well be his last game in Europe's premier competition. There are teams that will exploit that even more.

Messi was a crucial component in almost all of those triumphs for Barcelona, but the playmaker performed below expectations in the team's recent Champions League failures.




Indeed, one of the record breakers himself, Andres Iniesta, has also conceded the fact that this ignomious defeat could realistically represent his last showing in the competition, alluding to the possibility that his tenure at the club could be coming to a close, despite his life-long contract.

"They were very clear about how to attack us and we didn't find the solution".

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

Ernesto Valverde said Barcelona's failure to deal with Roma's "aggression" was the main reason why his side exited the Champions League on Tuesday night.

Barcelona hold an 11-point lead in La Liga and still have a Copa del Rey final clash against Sevilla to look forward to, but the front pages of this morning's Spanish newspapers don't make for good reading for Valverde and his players. "On Saturday we have another match to play and we have to give our best to try to win the titles that are still achievable".

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