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Barcelona President, Bartomeu Apologises To Fans After Being Knocked Out Of Championship League

Barcelona president Josep Bartomeu apologises to fans after being knocked out of the Champions League as he casts doubt on Ernesto Valverde’s future with the Spanish champions

Tom Farmery

Barcelona president Josep Bartomeu has apologised to fans after Champions League exit                    © Getty Images 

Barcelona president Josep Bartomeu has apologised to fans after Champions League exit Barcelona president Josep Bartomeu has apologised to fans after being knocked out of the Champions League on Tuesday night.

Barcelona went out of the competition on away goals after Roma won 3-0 on the night to level the aggregate score at 4-4.

Bartomeu spoke after the defeat at the Stadio Olimpico and said Barcelona let down the fans who travelled.

Ernesto Valverde wearing a suit and tie: Bartomeu hasn't offered Ernesto Valverde any assurances of staying on as Barcelona boss© Provided by Associated Newspapers Limited Bartomeu hasn’t offered Ernesto Valverde any assurances of staying on as Barcelona boss

He said: ‘I’m really sorry. Roma was the better team on the pitch. Roma believed and showed that when you try hard, you can achieve your objectives.

‘Of course [this defeat] affects us, but we have some important games coming up and the players will recover.’

Barcelona is 11 points clear at the top of La Liga but Bartomeu hinted that Valverde may no longer be the club’s first choice to take the club forward.

He said: ‘This team are always prepared to win on all fronts, be it with Ernesto Valverde or another coach.

a man wearing a football uniform: Lionel Messi reacts after Barcelona were knocked out of the Champions League by Roma© Provided by Associated Newspapers Limited Lionel Messi reacts after Barcelona were knocked out of the Champions League by Roma

 

‘We fight to win everything every season, but tonight it wasn’t to be.’

Barcelona is back in action in Spain on Saturday when they take on Valencia.

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