Premier League legend slams Messi and Suarez after shock Roma defeat

Bryan Strickland
April 12, 2018

The 3-0 defeat at the hands of Roma means there won't be a happy ending in Kiev for Iniesta if he does decide to leave Barcelona at the end of this season. "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 previous year".

Barcelona was eliminated by eventual runner-up Juventus last season, losing 3-0 in Turin and being held to a scoreless draw at home in the second leg.

The Spanish league is theirs to lose as they now lead second-placed Atletico Madrid by 11 points with just seven games left while they take on Sevilla in the final of the Copa del Rey on April 21. "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". "It is a massive disappointment given the season we had been having". "Now we have to carefully analyze what happened and try to move on".

"I'm at the club of my life, the one that has given me everything and the warmth of the people", he told Cadena SER last month.

"They were aggressive and they took the game in the direction they wanted it to go". He didn't score in the six quarterfinal games that led to Barcelona's recent eliminations. "I thought that when the game was equal, with them needing one more goal, there was enough experience in the team to see the game out", he said. Ousmane Dembele, touted as the main replacement for the Brazil forward, was marred by injuries and wasn't able to establish himself as a reliable attacking partner for Messi and Luis Suarez.

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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".

"We couldn't play our game, they were very aggressive", said Valverde. "We weren't capable of getting back into the game any moment because of how well they played".

Barcelona coach Ernesto Valverde wasn't satisfied with the performance of his players on the night and he said they were outplayed by their hosts.

"That is a possibility and for that reason it hurts even more", he is quoted as saying by Sky Sports.

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