Busquets bemoans loss to Roma as the worst defeat of his career
April 11, 2018 09:37 AM NPT
ROME, April 11: The Barcelona midfielder was left dejected after Tuesday's stunning quarter-final exit at the hands of the Serie A side Sergio Busquets described Barcelona's loss to Roma as the worst of his career after the Spanish giants sensationally crashed out of the Champions League.
Barca were poised to reach the semi-finals following last week's 4-1 rout at Camp Nou, however, the unbeaten La Liga leaders were stunned 3-0 by Roma in the Italian capital Tuesday.
Goals from Edin Dzeko, Daniele De Rossi and Kostas Manolas sealed one of the greatest European comebacks on away goals as Barca were beaten in the knockout round after winning the first leg by at least three goals for the first time in its illustrious history.
Reflecting afterwards, Spain international midfielder Busquets told reporters: "Probably [the worst defeat of my career] because the way it was, and the result we had in the first game, with a good season we are having.
"But in the end, the important thing is game by game. We come from a good season, from a good dynamic but unfortunately today it has been cut short, and this is the end of our way in Champions League."
Barcelona still hold an 11 point lead in La Liga and are into the Copa del Rey final against Sevilla, but the Spanish midfielder made it clear that missing out on the Champions League pained him.
"It's very difficult to be honest," Busquets added. "A sad night, one to forget. They beat us in all the ways, they took us where they wanted because they needed a big result, and unfortunately they got it."
Barca are back in action in La Liga at the weekend, with the Catalans set to face off with Valencia on Saturday.