Barcelona were noble in defeat

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Barcelona were noble in defeat

Postby Son sovan » Thu Apr 12, 2018 5:38 pm

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Josep Maria Bartomeu couldn't have been louder or clearer in his post-match comments on Tuesday night. "They won because they were better and they overcame us on the pitch, sport there's no other explanation," he said. "We would have been excited to reach the semi-finals, but we didn't deserve to." Chapeau, president.Roma were better and that's that. Nobody hid behind the fact that the Italian side should have been down to 10 after 59 minutes, as the second yellow card for Federico Fazio was clear, and then down to nine after 75 minutes when Juan Jesus did 'a Luis Suarez' on the Uruguayan. sport The excuses were left for others to make. Barcelona and the Barcelona cause didn't look for them, which is honourable.Sadly the same cannot be said of Pep Guardiola. Never mind the fact that Antonio Mateu Lahoz might be a dreadful referee who can't and doesn't want to stop being the centre of attention match after match. You have to take the good with the bad and Guardiola didn't know how to.Roma's deserved victory should be considered the work of Eusebio Di Francesco. The coach from Pescara gave a lesson in tactics and in bravery, having already warned of his intentions at the Camp Nou in a first half where the Giallorosso were quite a bit better than Barcelona. There are few occasions in which a 4-1 had been so unfair.In the return leg Di Francesco opted for a 3-5-2, with Alessandro Florenzi and Aleksandar Kolarov in the centre of midfield and provoking 72 ball recoveries. That was wild. The pressure from Edin Dzeko and Patrik Schick paid off, as did the hard work of Kevin Strootman and the relentless Daniele De Rossi. sport

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