BARCA SHOCKED, DUMPED OUT OF THE CHAMPIONS LEAGUE

ROMA- Barcelona midfielder Andrea Iniesta expressed his shocked and disbelief after the team were dumped out of the quarter finals in the Champions League after Roma defeated AS Roma 3-0 , while Sergio Basquets called the loss and elimination, humiliating and the worst of his career.

The team won 4-1 in the first leg, and looked like a certainty to go through the semi finals but let themselves down after they produced the worst performance as a team, after Roma comeback with goals from by Edin Dzeko, a Daniele De Rossi penalty and a Kostas Manolas header, to go through on the away goal rule.

Iniesta visibly distraught said, “It’s painful because no one expected this after the advantage we had but you realise what the reality of the Champions League is like when you do things badly, when you make lots of errors, when you don’t adapt to the game,”

He added, It’s difficult to accept this elimination because we had a lot of hope for this season and once again it (the Champions League) has escaped us,” the midfielder added.

“It’s a very big disappointment after the great season we have had. Right now we feel awful.”

Basquets was harsher in criticizing their own performance, he said, “It’s a very tough night, a sad night and one to forget, we need to apologise to the fans for how we have fallen,”

“This is the toughest blow I’ve received in the whole time I’ve been at Barca because of how it happened.”

“I would be lying if I said we could use this as a learning experience because last year we went out in a similar way,” added Busquets.

“Our results in Europe in the last two years have been very bad, we have to change things if we want to win the Champions League again.”

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