Ernesto Valverde sums up Champions League exit: 'This was a bad day for us'
The under-fire Barcelona coach explained what went wrong in the return leg of the Roma match which saw the Catalans completely destroyed by the Italians.
Roma managed to overcome a 4-1 loss in the first leg and eventually won 3-0. This result was enough for them to qualify for the Champions League semi-finals.
"When you lose like this it's always hard," he said. "But it's simple to say that our opponents were very strong from the first minute to the last.
"They applied high pressure throughout and that made it hard to play our game. We couldn't overcome their pressing. They won the second ball, the timing of their goals was important.
"This was a bad day for us. The truth is that they were very good and we weren't.
"It's a painful defeat, no question. We all had the desire to win this but there's only one team left at the end. We've been left behind on the road but there's no other remedy than to continue through what will be a couple of tough days."
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