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Barcelona went to Rome leading 4-1 after the first leg of their quarter-final tie, but a 3-0 loss at the Stadio Olimpico condemned the five-time European champions to a defeat on away goals. It is one of the big targets of the season now.

Ivan Rakitic will undergo surgery after breaking a finger as Barcelona crashed out of the Champions League in dramatic fashion at Roma on Tuesday.

The La Liga giants were stunned on Tuesday night by the Serie side who overturned a 4-1 deficit with a 3-0 victory to advance on away goals to the last four of the competition.

Valverde was also harangued for his failure to react to Roma's dominance after they took an early lead through Edin Dzeko, before Daniele de Rossi's penalty and a late Kostas Manolas header. We couldn't overcome their pressing.

"They were very clear about how to attack us and we didn't find the solution".

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"I would be lying if I said we could use this as a learning experience because a year ago we went out in a similar way", added Busquets. "The first goal gave them strength and then they got a second and third in the second half". With a chance to add two more their cabinet, it is easy to forget some of their mistakes. "So I am absolutely responsible for everything". With the advantage we had, we went out because we really did things badly.

"It's hard to take this elimination because we had a lot of hope and it has escaped".

With the inevitable backlash still in full swing, there has already been dissenting words from club president Josep Maria Bartameu regarding the incumbent manager Ernesto Valverde, with Bartameu reportedly declaring: "This team are always prepared to win on all fronts, be it with Ernesto Valverde or another coach".

"The dream for all of us was to reach the semis and I'm very sorry to all the Barcelona fans in the world", he told Catalunya TV. "We played perfectly and performed right from the start to the last minute".

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