April 21, 2018

Barcelona Legend Makes Huge Claim After Roma Defeat

12 April 2018, 07:12 | Ken Black

Barcelona legend Andres Iniesta admits 'possibility' he could have played his last Champions League game after

Iniesta admits he may have played his final Champions League game

Roma managed to overturn a 4-1 deficit after a disastrous first leg, with goals from Edin Dzeko, Daniele De Rossi and Kostas Manolas blowing Barca away at the Stadio Olimpico on Tuesday evening.

"To be in the semi-finals of the Champions League, you need spark and the capacity to take risks".

Valverde's side never recovered from that early setback and spent the majority of the game pinned back in their own half, unable to get Lionel Messi into the game.

Ouch. It may not be Messi and Suarez's job to to defend from deep, but it is their job to defend from the front and they didn't do that well enough against Roma. "We had high hopes in this competition and we have failed once again", said Iniesta.

Catalan daily Sport lamented Barcelona's "Messi-dependancy", while popular nationwide daily El Pais criticised the club's hierarchy for a "path of unlimited spending" and said it was "scary to think about what this club is doing with the best player in history".

The defeat came with Barca now on course to win La Liga and with a Copa del Rey final against Sevilla approaching later this month. "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 a year ago". "Now we will have some tough days ahead of us, I have no doubt about that". But now we just have to focus on the competitions that we have left. "They were superior to us in all aspects". Roma dominated the game, they believed in themselves. We're all hurt. It's not a question of asking for forgiveness, things go for you or they don't, but our desire to win is always the same. "Right now we feel terrible".

Researchers who installed a seismometer near the Nou Camp found that Barca scoring causes earthquakes when fans celebrate. It's not predictable. That's why it is important we have a positive start as a team.

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