Bartomeu: I’m really sorry

Josep Maria Bartomeu admits ‘I’m really sorry’ about Barcelona’s Champions League exit but accepts ‘Roma were the better team’.

Barca looked to be in the driving seat of their quarter-final after they took a 4-1 lead in the first leg, yet Roma came back to beat them 3-0 and progress on away goals.

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

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

“Of course [this defeat] 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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