Coach not to blame for our defeat - Barcelona president, Bartomeu

Brenda Watkins
May 26, 2019

Yet, having retained their league crown, Messi knows Barca must shake off any lingering European hangover when they take on Valencia in the Copa del Rey final at Real Betis' Estadio Benito Villamarin on Saturday night.

Barcelona famously squandered a 3-0 first leg advantage at Anfield, falling 4-0 to the Reds in the return match of their Champions League semi-final.

"[I will think about it] for all that generated this year to be in the Champions League final and how close we were", Messi said. It's hard to face a elimination, I feel good even though we all want to win. But count the goals and Valencia scored one more than us. We let them walk all over us. "We are all disappointed and very much, but it's not my turn to say [whether or not there will be changes]".

"It was a very tough blow to take and it was tough to lift ourselves up, you could see that in the next few games". "You may like it or not, but as we play this year we can win another double". We have reached the final of the Copa, the semi-finals of Champions League.

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The second-leg defeat was the second successive year that Barca had suffered a shock exit after being three goals ahead from the first leg. They were chasing the treble but after Saturday's loss to Valencia and the traumatic collapse at Anfield, the season ends in disappointment. "I think he was practically blameless for what happened with Liverpool".

Barcelona coach Ernesto Valverde rejected the suggestion his players had been psychologically scarred by their Champions League experience at the hands of Liverpool. We are going to try to win against Barca and put an extraordinary team in difficulties.

"I would like [Valverde] to continue", Messi said.

"You're left with a bad feeling because we created that expectation and it has not been like that. A World Cup final is the biggest thing there is and it's a huge disappointment but to have a 3-0 lead and then lose the [Liverpool] tie. they are both huge disappointments." he said.

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