Rome goes insane over miracle comeback in Roma vs Barcelona

The Argentine did not score in both legs of the Catalans' 4-4 aggregate defeat (on away goals) to AS Roma - a negative record that has seemingly been a common trend during his career.

With a 3-4-1-2 formation, Roma coach, Eusebio Di Francesco, proved a tactical masterstroke as goals by Edin Dzeko, Daniele de Rossi and Kostas Manolas saw off Barcelona.

"It is very painful because nobody expected it with the lead we had", Iniesta told Catalunya TV.

They trail Real Madrid 3-nil heading into the second leg of their quarter final at the Bernabéu.

"We still have important objectives ahead of us, but to win any trophy is hard", Valverde said.

With a big-money offer from China on the table, Iniesta admitted that Tuesday could have been the final time he wears a Barcelona shirt in the Champions League.

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Jurgen Klopp has "no interest" in Liverpool being compared to the likes of Barcelona and Real Madrid after conquering Manchester City in the Champions League.

When asked if he will play Champions League football next season, Iniesta said: "It's a possibility [that this is my last game in the competition], but it's not the day to send messages, we are all hurt".

But before entering the senior team, the young lads are taught one of the most crucial aspects of the game, and that is to keep the right kind of attitude while always staying grounded. "It is a massive disappointment given the season we had been having".

Barca won the opening leg 4-1 at Camp Nou but the unbeaten La Liga leaders came unstuck in the Italian capital, suffering a stunning 3-0 defeat as they were eliminated on away goals.

The defeat means that Real Madrid are now the favourites to win the competition which will come as a crushing blow to the Argentinian as it would put rival Cristiano Ronaldo in a great position to overtake him as the record Ballon d'Or victor.

"But when he doesn't perform the rest of the players, who are very good, they also don't perform".

  • Marjorie Miles