Barcelona players raged at Ernesto Valverde's tactics after defeat to Roma

Lawrence Kim
April 20, 2018

Barcelona's players turned on manager Ernesto Valverde after their shock Champions League exit at the hands of Roma, according to reports in Spain.

A dejected looking Lionel Messi of FC Barcelona during the UEFA Champions League Quarter Final Leg Two between AS Roma and FC Barcelona at Stadio Olimpico on April 10, 2018 in Rome, Italy.

Barca's 4-1 lead in the reverse fixture at the Camp Nou a week before, proved useless as the Spanish side failed to progress on 4-4 aggregate, as Roma progressed on away goal rule.

And the players say the coach should take responsibility for the defeat following his inability to prepare them for their opponent's physicality.

However, they were horrendous in the second leg and goals from Edin Dzeko, Daniele De Rossi and Kostas Manolas sent Roma through on away goals.

A "dressing room heavyweight" reportedly scorned the 54-year-old coach, telling him "Boss, this was a game for physical players".

Every player in the Barca side which started Tuesday night's game had been bought by the club from elsewhere and while it's true Denis Suarez did have a short spell in the famous "la Masia" but he is not ultimately a product of that famous system.

Numerous squad, including a number of dressing room "heavyweights", felt Valverde got his tactics completely wrong and was too passive in the match.

On the face of things Ernesto has done a hell of a job at Barcelona as they remain well on course to win La Liga and Copa Del Rey titles despite the fact that they began the season as rank outsiders to reigning champions Real Madrid.

They are yet to lose in La Liga this season - and have gone 40 league matches unbeaten - and could become the first invincible side in Spanish league history.

However, Barce will not part with Valverde after such a stunning domestic season.

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