Ivan Rakitic to undergo surgery on fractured finger after Barcelona defeat

12 April, 2018, 07:22 | Author: Colin Gill
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The 2014/15 campaign was the last time Barcelona and Messi lifted the coveted title, but in their three knockouts in the previous years (2-1 loss against Atletico, 7-0 drubbing by Bayern Munich and 3-2 defeat to Chelsea), Messi was not to be found on the scoresheet.

The Giallorossi produced an outstanding performance at the Stadio Olimpico to overturn a 4-1 deficit from the first leg, ensuring the Blaugrana's exit at the quarter-final stage of the UEFA Champions League for the third season running.

The team's other players couldn't do enough help Barcelona advance then, and this time Messi had even less support.

Iniesta added: "We didn't adapt and we're disappointed to have been eliminated".

Why do you think Messi fails to step up in the biggest UCL games? We have to try and win them because we have not won anything yet.

'It's one of the possibilities and that's why it hurts more, ' he told TV3.

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Conversely, it was a night of celebration in Rome as the Italian side's incredible comeback win was hailed as "the greatest night in Roma's history".

One of the sights of the evening was Andres Iniesta, who was substituted in the closing minutes when they score was still 2-0 on the night, looking pensive in the Barca dugout and afterwards the Spain global midfielder made a bad night worse for the Catalans when he spoke to the press and implied this could be his last season at the club.

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

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.

"We always try to give the maximum but we are knocked out and now feel everyone's pain".

Leaders Barça will look to set a new all-time LaLiga record of 39 consecutive games unbeaten when they host Valencia at the Camp Nou on Saturday afternoon.

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