"By trying to avoid losing the league when it was already won, he has burnt his players out. The lack of freshness was evident and not just last night, you could see this coming," the daily added. Roma coach Eusebio di Francesco overhauled his formation after the first leg, fielding a 3-5-2 shape which overwhelmed Barca with relentless pressing that also nullified the Spanish side's talisman Lionel Messi. Valverde did not make any changes until it was 3-0 in the 81st minute, bringing off an exhausted captain Andres Iniesta for Andre Gomes, and only throwing on the speedy Ousmane Dembele and forward Paco Alcacer in late desperation. "With his team at a clear disadvantage but still in the tie, Valverde didn't go for an attacking solution like putting on Dembele when there was still space," Marca added.
Barcelona fans have piped up about every teammate of Messi's this season, lauding them while the team has been going well but the instant they've lost to Roma it's not Messi's fault it's either his teammates or Valverde's.Sorry, can't have it both ways. They choked a 4-1 lead. — Adam Joseph (@AdamJosephSport) April 11, 2018
"To be in the semi-final of the Champions League you need spark and the capacity to take risk," it said. "That is what has defined Barca over the years, but the players and the coach woke up too late." Catalan daily Sport had celebrated Barca being paired with Roma in the quarter-final draw but gave a scathing account of the outcome. "A failure without excuses," said their front cover, with an editorial adding: "Valverde's fear leaves Barca without another Champions League in the era of Messi."
Ronaldo's overhead kick Liverpool 5-1 Manchester City Roma's comeback against Barcelona Juventus' comeback against Real Madrid Buffon's stoppage-time red card Ronaldo's last-gasp penaltyPure drama. pic.twitter.com/sHVmHmPsZK — bet365 (@bet365) April 11, 2018