Valverde: UCL Exit Made Messi Sad

Ernesto Valverde says Lionel Messi is sad and low from their stunning UCL quarterfinal exit. Barcelona lost 3-0 at the Stadio Olimpico, surrendering a 4-1 home lead, as Roma progressed on away goals. With the Liga still plausible, Valverde has called for a shift in focus from his team and Messi. “Messi is like his […]

Ernesto Valverde says Lionel Messi is sad and low from their stunning UCL quarterfinal exit.

Barcelona lost 3-0 at the Stadio Olimpico, surrendering a 4-1 home lead, as Roma progressed on away goals.

With the Liga still plausible, Valverde has called for a shift in focus from his team and Messi.

“Messi is like his team-mates,” Valverde said. “We are a bit sad and low but we have to face this challenge and want the ball moving again. That’s how it is.

“Messi is one of the players who has won more Champions League’s during his career. Winning the UCL is really difficult, only one team can win it, so it’s very difficult.

“You cannot have a bad moment in this competition and that happened to us the other day.”

Barca are unbeaten and top of the table in La Liga, nine points clear of second-placed Atletico Madrid after 31 rounds.

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