Ernesto Valverde: When they come back like that, there’s no excuse

Barcelona coach Ernesto Valverde spoke to the media after Liverpool beat the Catalans 4-0 in the UCL semi second leg, to advance 4-3 on total. Here are the key statements.

Repeat: The most painful thing is to repeat [what happened in Rome]. It happened last season and it has happened again. It was a different game [to last year]. Liverpool had a splendid begin, we yield the principal objective rapidly yet we responded very much had opportunities to score.

We got into their box in dangerous positions but we didn’t take those chances. When you lose 4-0 you can’t have any excuses. They were superior to anything us and we need to acknowledge it.

Preparation: We were prepared after what happened last year but it has happened again. We kept feeding their confidence. The second and third goals were the boost they needed to keep going. The progressions helped us somewhat after the third objective yet then we surrendered this basic fourth objective that cost us the tie.

Criticism: With a collapse of this nature, we will have a few horrible days ahead. Then we have to come out of it with time. In front of us we have alliance amusements to play, the glass last to play. At the present time we are crushed.

Apologies: We’re really sorry to the fans, we all play, all that we do is to make the fans happy, to make them proud of us, everybody anticipates that us should win constantly however we have lost and in an exceptionally agonizing manner.

Future: I don’t know how this affects my future. We haven’t had time to think about those things. But that as it may, here we are and the mentor needs to assume liability.

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