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Thursday 17 October 2019

Barca 'not scarred' by exit

LOSS: Valverde. Pic: Reuters
LOSS: Valverde. Pic: Reuters

Barcelona coach Ernesto Valverde rejects the suggestion his players had been psychologically scarred by their Champions League experience at the hands of Liverpool.

The Reds' 4-0 comeback in the European semi-final second leg appeared to still be playing on the Barca squad's minds building to the Copa del Rey final with captain Lionel Messi admitting it was "tough to get back up".

That hangover continued as they were beaten 2-1 by Valencia to end the season with just the LaLiga title despite, a month ago, having dreams of a treble.

Valverde, who insists he is ready to renew the fight next season despite speculation over his future, said the tie at Anfield was not responsible for their defeat in Real Betis' Estadio Benito Villamarin in Seville.

"We have lost, but not because of a psychological issue," he told a press conference.

Feeling

"It's different from the game we played a fortnight ago, but we've lost again, that is reality, the feeling.

"We have not been able to fulfil our own expectations: we celebrated the league title, we thought we could make a triplet and we stayed on the road at the decisive moment in the Champions League and Copa del Rey."

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