Atlético Madrid v FC Barcelona: Goodbye to the Champions League... Now the league and Copa del Rey (2-0) | FC Barcelona
FC Barcelona’s Champions League title defence came to an end on Wednesday night as they fell at the quarter final stage to Atlético Madrid for the second time in three years. A first half header and a second half penalty from Antoine Griezmann cancelled out the Catalans’ 2-1 lead from the first leg, and it means that the dream of repeating the famous treble of 2014/15 is over.
“Our target was to retain the title and our hopes were high. We won’t be winning it this year and the team are feeling sad. We always set the highest of targets. Right now we simply have to accept the defeat, understand this as the kind of thing that happens in sport and turn to the other targets that we have on the horizon. We have to improve our performances.”
Following the 2-0 defeat at Atlético Madrid on Wednesday, and subsequent exit from the Champions League (3-2 aggregate), Luis Enrique suffered his first knockout from a cup competition as Barça boss.
“We have to keep working and be more united than ever, both the team and the fans. I agree that in the first half we spent more time in our own half than in theirs. We knew they would keep it tight at the back and play on the counter attack. We were much better in the second half. We had the possession and generated a lot of chances.”
Mundo Deportivo cites Cadena Cope as reporting Messi is carrying a muscular problem and that is the cause of his recent subdued performances, the forward not having scored for his club since March 16.