Premier League legend slams Messi and Suarez after shock Roma defeat

Premier League legend slams Messi and Suarez after shock Roma defeat

Considering his future, the 33-year-old admitted he might well have now played his final game in the Champions League after the nightmare at Stadio Olimpico.

"Valverde's conservatism took its toll", claimed paper Marca, criticizing the trainer not fluent his team at league games despite using the Spanish name nearly wrapped up, leading to his players experiencing overexertion.

Barcelona surrendered a 4-1 first leg advantage to lose 3-0 in Rome and crash out on away goals, but as well as blaming Valverde's tactics, fingers were pointed at an off-colour Messi.

"Somehow or another, there has to be a rethink about player selection and player development at Football Club Barcelona because what happened last night was not a one-off".

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.




He also failed to score in Barca's 3-0 elimination against Juventus in the quarter-finals last season, and did not find the back of the net in their 3-2 exit at the same stage against Atletico Madrid the year before. "It's a very big disappointment after the great season we have had".

This was Barcelona's first Champions League loss under coach Ernesto Valverde, who replaced Luis Enrique at the end of last season. 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. "It's a very tough night, a sad night and one to forget, we need to apologise to the fans for how we have fallen", the midfielder said.

"That is a possibility and for that reason it hurts even more", he is quoted as saying by Sky Sports.

"We always try to give the maximum but we are knocked out and now feel everyone's pain".

Barcelona hosts third-place Valencia on Saturday looking to achieve a Spanish league record of 39 consecutive games unbeaten.

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