Friday, 20 April, 2018

Iniesta: 'Possibly last Champions game'

Ronaldinho tips Barca to win Champions League Former Barcelona and Brazil star Ronaldinho
Jerome Frank | 12 April, 2018, 07:22

Iniesta has won four Champions League titles with Barcelona is an iconic player for the Catalan side and if he is to leave Barca and bid goodbye to the Champions League then it could be considered a awful blow for football as well, particularly given the way that this midfield maestro has dominated the European football scene with his football.

Barca's passage into the semifinals looked assured after they won the first leg 4-1 but they gave their worst performance this season at the Olympic Stadium and went out to goals by Edin Dzeko, a Daniele De Rossi penalty and a Kostas Manolas header.

"A failure without excuses", read Sport's front cover, with an editorial adding: "Valverde's fear leaves Barca without another Champions League in the era of Messi".

"I would be lying if I told you we can take something positive from this", midfielder Sergio Busquets told beIN SPORTS. "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.

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".

Indeed, one of the record breakers himself, Andres Iniesta, has also conceded the fact that this ignomious defeat could realistically represent his last showing in the competition, alluding to the possibility that his tenure at the club could be coming to a close, despite his life-long contract.

The Barca captain has hinted he may leave his lifelong club at the end of the season and move to the Chinese Super League which he said "makes this hurt even more".

According to Ivan San Antonio of the same outlet, Valverde had a similar message: "We're sorry for them, for the disappointment".

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

"For us, it's about getting players into the first team".

Barcelona now turn their focus back to LaLiga, where they host Valencia this weekend.

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