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‘No excuses’ for Barcelona’s defeat to Liverpool, says Ernesto Valverde

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The boss says the Reds were the better side

Liverpool v Barcelona - UEFA Champions League Semi Final: Second Leg Photo by Shaun Botterill/Getty Images

Barcelona boss Ernesto Valverde has offered his view on his team’s Champions League exit and says they have “no excuses” for their defeat to Liverpool.

The Spanish champions were humbled 4-0 at Anfield, and Valverde says the Reds were the better team.

“They were better than us and we have to accept it. Their second goal hurt us massively and the third one came straight after that. We did not convert our chances into goals.

“When a team overturns a lead like that and fights back like they have done, there can be no excuses. We suspected Liverpool would play higher up the pitch than last week – they did that and we weren’t capable of shaking off their high press.

“Goals are always somebody’s fault, some mistake or other. If you stop to look at any goal you’ll see that there’s an error in there. They surprised us with the fourth goal – presumably my players weren’t looking. Liverpool were streetsmart and they scored.”

Source | Champions League

It’s another disastrous Champions League night for Valverde. It’s no secret the club have made the competition their priority this season and such epic failure puts the Barcelona boss under pressure.