Opinion: two reasons behind Barcelona's collapse in Rome
Daily Mirror's writer Rik Sharma reviews the disappointing loss.
Crucial drop in form proved costly
'This was coming. Their performance against Sevilla was extremely poor and despite a flattering scoreline, were not at their best in the first leg of this tie. Sevilla looked like being their worst game of the season, until this sloppy, switched-off display at the Olimpico happened on Tuesday night.'
'After a lamentable first half in which they offered nothing bar a couple of Messi free-kicks which sailed high over the bar, most expected Ernesto Valverde to give his men an ear-bashing at the break and for them to come out fired up. But instead, Roma continued to dominate and deservedly went 2-0 up, and then three.'
Valverde did nothing
'Few Barca fans could understand what the coach was playing at against Roma, watching his team played off the pitch but not taking any action to stop it. With Roma two goals to the good and Barcelona looking tired and out of ideas, the coach could have turned to his bench.'
Ousmane Dembele might have added more ideas in attack, instead of the lifeless Suarez, who hasn’t scored on the road in the Champions League since 2015 — coincidentally away at Roma. Paulinho could have added beef to the midfield and disrupted Roma’s surges forward, Denis Suarez might have added more control, Thomas Vermaelen could have man-marked the rampant Dzeko.'
'But Valverde did nothing as the minutes ticked down.'
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