Barcelona head coach Ernesto Valverde spoke to the press about the 4–0 defeat at Anfield. For the second time in a row, Barca have a three-goal advantage over their rival but still manage to drop out of the Champions League competition.
The match from your perspective?
At the start of the game, they were very aggressive and played high and of course, we expected it. When they scored the first goal, we reacted well and settled in the game. The second goal came as a surprise and the third goal came just after the third goal. But after I saw the 4–0 goal, that was it. There is no excuse. The rivals were better and we have to accept it.
About the fourth goal?
The fourth goal came as a surprise because I did not know if it was a direct corner or an indirect one. Goals most times comes from the mistake of an opponent just as we made mistakes and they scored. The same we score, we can detect some mistake from our rival. We were not cautious and vigilant and our rival was smart and they took the shot.
Was Liverpool clearly better?
We cannot say if we were at a similar level of play. We opponent wins, you cannot make excuses because you had the same opportunity as them to do the same. If we had taken an opportunity presented by us, we would be promoted and the questions now would not be the same.
How will this result affect you?
I don’t know, I have not had time to think about it. But coaches must take responsibility
Expected Rome history to repeat itself?
The most painful thing is that this happened last season, happened to us in Rome. But this is different, Liverpool was strong and we have to give them the props for that. For the second year in a row, opponent came up from a big loss. We did not expect it, we fell again.
What to say to the footballers?
When you play games like this and get this kind of results, the next few days are very awful for footballers. This is something they must have to go through. You must do the penance and carry on. With this few time given, we must end this season with another trophy
What to say to the fans?
Everything we do is about the fans, we are really sorry for them. Although we have lost and out of the competition, but we will stick together as fans of the club and players