Bartomeu: ‘Roma were the better team’

Barcelona President Josep Maria Bartomeu confessed Roma “were the better team” and hinted Coach Ernesto Valverde could be sacked.

The first leg had ended 4-1, a result that did not fully reflect the performances, but the 3-0 triumph at the Olimpico saw the Giallorossi through to the Champions League semi-final on away goals.

“I’m really sorry. Roma were the better team on the pitch,” Bartomeu told TV3.

“Roma believed and showed that when you try hard, you can achieve your objectives.

“Of course this loss affects us, but we have some important games coming up and the players will recover.

“This team are always prepared to win on all fronts, be it with Ernesto Valverde or another Coach.

“We fight to win everything every season, but tonight it wasn’t to be.”

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