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"They (Roma) were strong, physical and we had a lot of problems". "That is what has defined Barca over the years, but the players and the coach woke up too late", wrote Barcelona-based newspaper Mundo Deportivo. "This is the toughest blow I've received in the whole time I've been at Barca because of how it happened".

Iniesta added: "We didn't adapt and we're disappointed to have been eliminated". In a unprecedented turnaround, goals from Edin Dzeko, Danielle De Rossi and Kostas Manolas saw Roma beat Barcelona 3-0 and progress on away goals.

Despite suffering the injury during the tie with the Italian outfit in Rome, Rakitic managed to complete the full 90 minutes and La Blaugrana faithful will hope the Croatian returns to first-team action without much delay. "I would be lying if I said we could use this as a learning experience because previous year we went out in a similar way", added Busquets. "It is a pat on the back for the academy staff that people like Scott [McTominay] and Marcus [Rashford] are going up there and we're not seeing them again".

Since 2015, when it won its last Champions League title, Barcelona was dominant in other competitions, winning two Spanish leagues, three Copa del Reys, one Club World Cup, one UEFA Super Cup and one Spanish Super Cup.

Indeed, one of the record breakers himself, Andres Iniesta, has also conceded the fact that this ignomious defeat could realistically represent his last showing in the competition, alluding to the possibility that his tenure at the club could be coming to a close, despite his life-long contract.

Barcelona coach Ernesto Valverde wasn't satisfied with the performance of his players on the night and he said they were outplayed by their hosts.

"We have a very competitive team and it will recover from this", Bartomeu said.

Andres Iniesta has said that exiting the Champions League to Roma "hurts even more" as it could be his final European match for Barcelona.

"We always try to give the maximum but we are knocked out and now feel everyone's pain".

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