Valverde's conservatism cost Barca Champions League semi-final
Ernesto Valverde's riskless approach harmed Barca the most on Tuesday night in Rome.
The Barcelona boss hardly rotated his side for the final stretch of the season, relying on the same player over and over again. With putting so much focus on La Liga - that was already won - he burned out his squad. There was no freshness in his side against Roma. And it was a long time coming. The game against Sevilla was a clear sign of that. The first goal conceded against Roma was another evidence of Barca's lack of intensity: Daniele De Rossi wasn't under any kind of pressure from Barcelona defense when he passed the ball to Edin Dzeko.Another sign of Valverde's conservative approach was the team's line-up, showing that they are more concerned about conceding goals than about scoring themselves. The lack of substitutions was the most glaring mistake: with the manager reluctant to bring Ousmane Dembele or other offensive solution even when his team was two goals behind. When he at last entered the pitch, Roma had already scored the third goal and retreated to defend their lead.