Champions League: No-one expected painful Barcelona defeat, says distraught Andres Iniesta

Champions League: No-one expected painful Barcelona defeat, says distraught Andres Iniesta

Valverde was also harangued for his failure to react to Roma's dominance after they took an early lead through Edin Dzeko, before Daniele de Rossi's penalty and a late Kostas Manolas header sent the Italians through on away goals.

"Somehow or another, there has to be a rethink about player selection and player development at Football Club Barcelona because what happened last night was not a one-off". The conclusion to draw is that at this time of year either Barcelona win and go through to win the tournament - one, the treble in 2014/15 or they go out at the quarter-final stage limply.

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.

"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. The coach is the one who has to take responsibility. "So I am absolutely responsible for everything".

The former Real Madrid striker believes that the lack of defensive responsibility of Messi and Suarez is putting much pressure on the rest of the team and he holds them responsible for the loss.

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"We'll do our best to win the two competitions (La Liga and Copa del Rey) we have left". "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". "It is a pat on the back for the academy staff that people like Scott [McTominay] and Marcus [Rashford] are going up there and we're not seeing them again". "The defeat hurts, but now we need to look forward".

'When you do things wrong, you make many mistakes and we did not adapt to the game.

Barca president Josep Maria Bartomeu, meanwhile, admitted that Roma deserved to progress, apologising to the club's supporters in the process.

"The dream for all of us was to reach the semis and I'm very sorry to all the Barcelona fans in the world", he told Catalunya TV.

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