Sunday, April 18, 2021

Barcelona ‘gutted’ at earliest European exit in 14 years

Antoine Griezmann conceded Barcelona were “gutted” subsequent to leaving the Champions League in the keep going 16 on Wednesday, as a 1-1 attract away to Paris Saint-Germain saw the Catalans lose 5-2 on total.

“We put on a decent appearing, it was an incredible exhibition, we had a ton of chances in the main half yet we just missed the final detail which was a disgrace,” Griezmann told Movistar Plus after Barca had 20 endeavors on objective however just scored civility of a Lionel Messi thunderclap in the primary half.

Messi at that point had a punishment saved by Keylor Navas as Barcelona missed the mark concerning rehashing their amazing rebound against PSG in 2017, when they lost 4-0 in the main leg in Paris however won 6-1 in the return.

“We said we would give the most exertion conceivable and it wasn’t to be. We actually have the association and the cup left and we need to give everything in them.”

The five-time European heroes had not been taken out before the quarterfinals since 2006/07 when, with Messi matured 19, they lost to Liverpool in the last 16.

“This match gives us certainty yet we’re gutted,” Griezmann proceeded. “We needed to go through, the fans and the players don’t merit for this group to go out so early however we will return one year from now and attempt to win.”

Mentor Ronald Koeman conceded that the result might have been distinctive had Messi’s punishment in first-half stoppage time, with the score at 1-1, gone in as opposed to been moved onto the bar by Navas.

“It’s a significant second since, in such a case that it was 2-1 at half-time, it would have been totally different most importantly for them,” Koeman said of PSG.

“We botched opportunities however we need to feature the disposition of the group, that is the significant thing.

“We should proceed on this way. Obviously we are dismal to be killed, however the group showed an alternate picture.”

Barcelona can in any case win homegrown flatware this season – they play Athletic Bilbao in the Copa del Rey last one month from now and are second in La Liga in the wake of going 16 games unbeaten.

Nonetheless, Atletico Madrid won prior on Wednesday to go six focuses clear at the highest point of the Spanish table.

It is the first run through since 2004/05 that neither Messi nor Cristiano Ronaldo – wiped out with Juventus on Tuesday – will include in the quarter-finals of the Champions League.

By and by, Koeman trusts Messi, who is out of agreement at the season’s end, is supported by the manner in which a youthful Barcelona group is improving.

“Leo has seen for quite a while this group is developing. With the progressions we have made, offering opportunities to youths with quality, with huge prospects, I don’t believe it’s an issue of having questions about this group,” Koeman added.

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