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Lionel Messi pleaded with Barcelona not to give the game away at Liverpool

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The GOAT warned of a Roma repeat

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Barcelona’s 2018-19 Champions League campaign didn’t end in the prettiest of fashions. The club lost to Liverpool in what was one of the most heartbreaking defeats the club had seen, since the last one in the Champions League a year earlier.

The year before the same sort of second leg collapse happened to Barcelona at Roma. In a Rakuten documentary ‘Matchday’, Messi can be heard at half-time of the Liverpool match pleading with his team-mates to not let what happened against Roma happen again.

“Come on guys, remember Rome was our fault, nobody else’s, don’t let the same thing happen. That was our fault, we can’t miss this opportunity. If we do it right, we’re there [in the final]. Come on guys, let’s take that one little step.”

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