Iniesta admits he may have played his final Champions League game
- Author: Sylvester Abbott Apr 12, 2018,
Apr 12, 2018, 7:19
Notwithstanding the historic occasion, the veteran pair were unable to mark the day with progression to the semi finals, surrendering a 4-1 lead from the first leg with Roma at the Nou Camp by letting in three goals without reply at the Stadio Olimpico.
"We had no response, everything went for them and for us we struggled to build our play", he said.
But reacting to the team's shock exit, Messi minced no words in hitting at Manchester United for playing an active role in his team's fall at the competition's last eight, saying the English club's undisguised interest in French central defender, Samuel Umtiti caused the defeat. They scored early and got themselves right back in the tie. They won the second ball, the timing of their goals was important.
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.
Fourth placed Real Madrid go to Malaga Sunday evening having lost just once at La Rosaleda in two decades. And for a spell, Zidane was their football director, then he was a side coach and now he's the number one coach. "So I am absolutely responsible for everything".
Barnes, who played over 300 games for Liverpool, reckons Barca depend on their talisman too much.
Overall, both players have lifted the trophy four times, and are now the top two goalscorers in the competition. "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". "The defeat hurts, but now we need to look forward".
Meanwhile, Barcelona president Josep Maria Bartomeu apologised to the club's supporters.
"Roma were better", he said. Roma dominated the game, they believed in themselves.
"When you do things badly, make lots of mistakes and don't adapt to the game, this is what happens. We have a good, competitive team, but we didn't see that today".