The Blaugrana were completely shaken from the very start when the Reds netted a goal just around the 7-minute mark, and Ernesto Valverde was never able to turn the corner and gain control of the situation.
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That’s why Luis Suarez, a former Liverpool star, was notably angry about his team’s display after securing a 3 goal lead during the first leg of the semi-finals and went on to the media to blast the Catalans’ poor effort:
“We are the ones who play, the coach made the tactic that he made in the first leg. We, the players, have to be self-aware, we are the ones who play. We have to apologize for the attitude, we were not a team. To our families, our children, our fans, we have to ask their forgiveness, it cannot be that in a minute we concede two goals,” Suarez told the media.
Moreover, the Uruguayan was livid because of the fact that they made the very same mistakes they’ve made in last year’s quarter-finals when they blew a 3 goal advantage vs. AS Roma and were also knocked out of the UCL:
“In the fourth goal, we looked like a youth team. We have to understand all the criticisms that are going to rain on us. We have to do a lot of self-criticisms, it’s the second time the same happens to us. We cannot make these mistakes two years in a row, we have to reproach ourselves for what we are doing wrong, thinking that everything was finished. We are very sad, hurt, we are human beings, we feel the pain, the frustration, we have to do self-criticism, put our chest for the bullets of what is coming now.”
Barcelona were en route to win yet another triplet this season after already securing the La Liga trophy and reach the Copa del Rey final, but once again, they fell short when it mattered the most in Europe.