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Iniesta admits 'pain' after shock Champions League exit

12 April 2018, 07:25 | Lucy Hill

Iniesta admits 'pain' after shock Champions League exit

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Considering his future, the 33-year-old admitted he might well have now played his final game in the Champions League after the nightmare at Stadio Olimpico.

Goals from Edin Dzeko, Daniele De Rossi and Kostas Manolas helped secure a historic 3-0 win for the Serie A side.

"A failure without excuses", read Sport's front cover, with an editorial adding: "Valverde's fear leaves Barca without another Champions League in the era of Messi".

But reacting to the team's shock exit, Messi minced no words in hitting at Manchester United for playing an active role in his team's fall at the competition's last eight, saying the English club's undisguised interest in French central defender, Samuel Umtiti caused the defeat.

Barca lost 3-0 in the second leg to crash out 4-4 on away goals, leaving Iniesta to concede that he may have featured in the Champions League - a competition that he has won four times - for the final time. "I'd be lying if I said that this could help us in some way in the future, because past year we lost in a similar manner". There are teams that will exploit that even more.

The Spanish league is theirs to lose as they now lead second-placed Atletico Madrid by 11 points with just seven games left while they take on Sevilla in the final of the Copa del Rey on April 21. "It's a very big disappointment after the great season we have had".

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For captain Andres Iniesta, it was a painful night as he might be leaving at the end of the season.

"We had no response, everything went for them and for us we struggled to build our play", he said.

"It will be very hard to recover", said veteran Barcelona midfielder Andres Iniesta, who most likely played in his last Champions League match.

"We always try to give the maximum but we are knocked out and now feel everyone's pain".

Barcelona coach Ernesto Valverde wasn't satisfied with the performance of his players on the night and he said they were outplayed by their hosts.



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