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Luis Suárez, Sergi Roberto say Barcelona was "unlucky" in draw against Roma

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Barcelona left the Stadio Olimpico with a tough 1-1 draw against AS Roma in their UEFA Champions League opener. The Blaugrana were certainly the better side for the entire 90 minutes, but a few unlucky moments, including a ridiculous goal by Roma's Alessandro Florenzi, caused the game to end in a somewhat disappointing result for the current UCL holders.

Barça's goalscorer in the game, Luis Suárez, and full-back Sergi Roberto talked to the media after leaving the pitch, and they both pointed out to the unlucky breaks in the game, as they felt the team deserved to have a better result. They also commented on the injured to Rafinha Alcântara, who left the match with a painful knee injury. Here's a few of their post-match quotes:

Luis Suárez

"We have to be happy with that draw. We played well and created loads of chances to score. They scored with a long-range shot and then drew back into defence. We created much more chances but we weren’t able to convert any of them.

"Roma's goal was shocking because they hadn’t created any chances until then … But what bothered me most was the injury to Rafinha. It had an effect on us but we can’t use that as an excuse."

Sergi Roberto

"We were the better team for 90 minutes. We were unlucky with their goal, only one in every 50 shots like that go in. We worked hard. It’s always better to get off to a winning start, but today that wasn’t to be.

"We like to play with the goalkeeper in an advanced position so he can help with counter attacks, and we are still convinced that that’s the way we need to play. It's just that today we had a bit of bad luck.

"Rafinha said he felt something go in his knee, but we don’t know anything more than that. We just hope that the test results are as positive as can be so he can be back playing with the team as soon as possible."


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