Barcelona defeat to Roma is down to Lionel Messi - pundit

Barcelona transfer news Dayot Upamecano

Barcelona transfer news Dayot Upamecano

However, several key players failed to perform and Roma booked their place in the semi-final.

Edin Dzeko, Daniele De Rossi and Kostas Manolas scored the goals which broke Catalan hearts and sent shockwaves around Europe.

Roma had looked all but out after a losing the first leg 4-1 in the Nou Camp.

Ernesto Valverde's team look on course to reclaim LaLiga as they hold an 11-point lead over Atletico Madrid with seven matches remaining, but that has not stopped the Spanish press from condemning their poor performance at the Stadio Olimpico.

While the Serie A title race may not be quite as close as Roma wish it were-they're now 21 points off leaders Juventus-Roma can take pride in ousting Barca from the running and look to this display as the cornerstone of bigger things to come. We couldn't overcome their pressing. The first goal gave them strength and then they got a second and third in the second half.

"This was a bad day for us".

"But when he doesn't perform the rest of the players, who are very good, they also don't perform".

He said 'It is incredible. "It's hard to take this elimination because we had a lot of hope and it has escaped".

"Valverde's conservatism was also seen through the way the team was set up, as they were more anxious about conceding goals than scoring their own away goal to kill the tie".

Barnes, who played over 300 games for Liverpool, reckons Barca depend on their talisman too much.

In truth, the only Barcelona player to emerge from the match with any credit was the goalkeeper Marc-Andre ter Stegen.

Do you think Messi and Suarez are to blame for Barca's exit? 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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