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Ernesto Valverde made no excuses in his press conference after the 3-0 reverse in Rome that spelt elimination for FC Barcelona from the Champions League.

“We never felt comfortable in the game because Roma played very well” he said. “And we couldn’t get our own game going.”

He described Di Francesco’s side as aggressive and able to generate precisely the kind of pressure that his side finds so hard to deal with.

“They took risks and we couldn’t cope with all that deep pressing” he admitted. “The first goal gave them strength and then they got a second and third in the second half.”

“I feel sorry for the fans” he concluded. “It’s been a huge disappointment for them. But now we just have to focus on the competitions that we have left. We have to keep looking ahead.”

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