Barcelona president Josep Maria Bartomeu has apologised for the team’s Champions League elimination at the hands of Roma
Barcelona entered the quarter-final second leg holding a 4-1 advantage from the first encounter at Camp Nou, but were hammered 3-0 in Rome and knocked out of the competition on away goals.
Bartomeu acknowledged that the Serie A giants were the better team on the night and reiterated Barca’s desire to win on all fronts – no matter who the manager may be.
“I’m really sorry. Roma were the better team on the pitch,” Bartomeu told Catalan broadcaster TV3 after the game. “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. This team are always prepared to win on all fronts, be it with Ernesto Valverde or another coach. We fight to win everything every season, but tonight it wasn’t to be.”