Worst defeat of my career - Busquets bemoans Barca loss


The Serie A outfit take on the Catalan giants in the second-leg Tuesday night at the Stadio Olimpico, Rome, but face a monumental task of overturning a 4-1 deficit from their match at the Camp Nou on April 4.

Meanwhile, Barcelona president Josep Maria Bartomeu apologised to the club's supporters.

On the other hand, Ronaldo, who has won three of the past four editions of the tournament with Real Madrid, did score in his side's most recent Champions League exits. "It is a massive disappointment given the season we had been having".

Neymar left in the offseason, and the players who joined the club after his departure were not able to play up to the same level. The attacking trio of Messi, Suarez and Pedro could not do anything as Bilbao continued the hammering.

Philippe Coutinho also arrived to help fill Neymar's absence, but he was ineligible to play in the Champions League because he had already played for Liverpool earlier in the tournament.

He added that they forced them to play their style of play, adding that they weren't able to defend the advances of their host in the game.

The French worldwide has emerged as one of Europe's most talented young defenders in the last couple of years following his €25million move from Lyon to Barcelona in 2016, and he has made 78 appearances in all competitions for the La Liga champions-elect since arriving.

At that same stadium, Barca had completed a treble triumph by beating Manchester United in the Champions League final in 2009, after winning La Liga and the Copa del Rey under Pep Guardiola that season.

"But it's tough to take for everyone", were Andres Iniesta's words after the conclusion of the second leg of Champions League quarter-finals.

Overall, both players have lifted the trophy four times, and are now the top two goalscorers in the competition. "But we don't have any other option".

Puyol wrote, "It's a blow, a hard day, but we can't burn everything down now, we have two titles to win".

They beat Barcelona 5-1!