Barcelona will not play another Champions League game this season and Andres Iniesta admitted that he might not play another one in his career.
Barcelona captain, Andres Iniesta
Barcelona went into the second leg with a 4-1 advantage, but were knocked out on away goals after Roma beat them 3-0 on Tuesday night.
Team captain, Andres Iniesta admitted he might have played his last Champions League match after Barcelonaâ€™s shock quarter-final exit to Roma.
Barca were 4-1 up from the first leg but goals from Edin Dzeko, Daniele de Rossi with a penalty and Kostas Manolas saw Roma stun the Spaniards with a 3-0 victory to edge through on away goals.
Barca skipper Iniesta is tipped to leave the Nou Camp this summer and he could not hide his disappointment at bowing out of Europe, maybe for the final time.
â€œThat is a possibility and for that reason it hurts even more,â€ the 33-year-old midfielder told Marca.â€œItâ€™s a very hurtful elimination because nobody expected it due to the lead we had.
â€œWhen you do things badly, make lots of mistakes and donâ€™t adapt to the game, this is what happens.
â€œItâ€™s a big disappointment because of the season we were having.Itâ€™s difficult to take this elimination because we had a lot of hope and it has escaped.â€
As the inquest began Barcelona president Josep Maria Bartomeuâ€ called for unity at the club who are still on the verge of clinching the La Liga title.
He wrote on Twitter: â€œBeing knocked out of the Champions League is a very tough blow for all BarÃ§a fans. But it is now when the supporters, coaches and players have to be more united than ever.â€
Nevertheless, coach Ernesto Valverde admitted it had been a bad night for the five-time European champions.
â€œWe never felt comfortable in the game because Roma played very well and we couldnâ€™t get our own game going,â€ he said at his post-match press conference.
â€œThey took risks and we couldnâ€™t cope with all that deep pressing. The first goal gave them strength and then they got a second and third in the second half.â€
â€œI feel sorry for the fans. Itâ€™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.â€