Nobody will ever forget the night when Barcelona was eliminated from the Champions in Rome wasting a 4-1 of the first leg. All the best tipsters and bookmakers gave Barcelona as the clear winner, but the 3-0 in the Olympic is already part of the black history of the Catalan team in the Champions League. It was the Barça of Paris and Turin, cold, disconnected, even apathetic, orphan of all the Valverde’s hallmarks, unknown in the Olympic. No player was close to their level, except Ter Stegen, who conceded three goals for the first time this season after the Super Cup. Surely, the greatest ridicule in the history of Barcelona in Champions.
The team coached by Ernesto Valverde, who dreamed of the triplet after practically having sentenced the League and playing the final of the Copa del Rey, probably played the worst game of the season against a rival who had already shown at the Camp Nou a level of game that did not correspond with the bulky defeat by 4-1.
Rome for its part was a volcano, from beginning to end, believers of a comeback they deserved. The Di Francesco starred in a moving match, drowning Barca, pressing up, winning each ball divided, canceling the Catalans and submitting the Barca defensive system with the goals of Edin Dzeko (6), Daniele de Rossi penalty (58) and Kostas Manolas (82).
Far from reacting, Barcelona barely disturbed the Brazilian goalkeeper Alison Becker and it was the Greek Manolas, nodding to the net a corner, which sealed the miracle and the Roman classification. In that context, Lionel Messi could never make a difference and was lost within the general confusion, he was erratic and missed two free throws that he usually convert into dangerous situations.
Ernesto Valverde in a press conference had some very emotional words for this elimination. He even acknowledged his mistakes and apologized to all the fans around the world. “We are very sorry for the elimination and we apologize to all the fans, now we have to overcome it and focus on what we have left,” said the Blaugrana strategist.
In this way, Barcelona returns to Spain to focus on what will be the duel on Saturday 14 against Valencia for the Spanish league. While the Roman team is classified for the second semifinals of its history, after doing it in 1984, a year in which it reached the final and lost in penalties the title against Liverpool in the Olympic of Rome. Everyone will watch these matches and if you want to be part of the adrenaline of football and bet on multiple bookmakers the perfect solution for you is the VIP-IBC platform where you can compare odds and become a high roller.