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Barcelona defeat to Roma is down to Lionel Messi - pundit

12 April 2018

Luis Suarez and Lionel Messi of Barcelona arrive before the UEFA Champions League Quarter Final Leg Two match between AS Roma and FC Barcelona at Stadio Olimpico on April 10, 2018 in Rome, Italy. "That is what has defined Barca over the years, but the players and the coach woke up too late", wrote Barcelona-based newspaper Mundo Deportivo. However, goals from Edin Dzeko, Daniel De Rossi, and Kostas Manolas made Barcelona suffer a 3-0 defeat as the La Liga giants were stunningly knocked out of the Champions League on the away goal rule. "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".

The Spanish club thrived in almost every competition it played over the last few years but has failed to succeed recently in the top European club competition. In 2016, Barcelona fell to Spanish rival Atletico Madrid 3-1 on aggregate, winning 2-1 at home and losing 2-0 in Madrid.

"We didn't adapt and we're disappointed to have been eliminated".

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LaLiga's teams return to action this weekend with Barcelona aiming to move a step closer to the 2017/18 title, and plenty more on the line up and down the table.

Iniesta signed a "lifetime contract" with Barça as recently October, but it is increasingly expected that he will end his 22-year association with the club at the end of the season.

He noted that Roma did so well, adding that the Italian targeted the right areas. "[Roma] were very aggressive, they played very well and we have to congratulate them".

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"That is a possibility and for that reason, it hurts even more", the veteran playmaker told Marca. Then they scored [again] early in the second half and at no moment were we capable of getting into the game because of how well they played.

La Liga leaders Barca will look to bounce back from their Champions League exit when they host Valencia on Saturday.

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Barcelona defeat to Roma is down to Lionel Messi - pundit