Ernesto Valverde had a tough night at Anfield (Picture: Getty Images)Ernesto Valverde says his Barcelona side will ‘have to suffer and go through penitence’ after their ‘terrible’ 4-0 thrashing by Liverpool in the Champions League semi-final on Tuesday night.
It was a woeful evening for the Spanish champions at Anfield as they threw away a 3-0 lead from the first leg to be ousted by the Reds.
Divock Origi opened and finished the scoring, with Georginio Wijnaldum netting twice after coming on as a half-time substitute on an incredible evening on Merseyside.
The result is all the more painful for Barcelona and their fans as it is the second consecutive year they have built a significant lead in the first leg of a Champions League knockout tie, only to be thrashed in the second.
In last year’s quarter-finals, Barca hammered Roma 4-1 at home, only to be beaten 3-0 in Italy and crash out of the competition.
Valverde was a lot happier at the start of the match (Picture: Getty Images)‘It’s happened again, it happened last year,’ said Valverde. ‘It’s true that it has been different games, the first leg and second leg.
‘I think that we conceded two goals and then they really kind of got on top of us after those two quick concessions. We haven’t managed to get on the scoresheet tonight. They scored two in two and they kind of rolled us over, really.
‘They have been really strong, they played really well. We’ve got to congratulate them on the performance they put up in the tie as a whole.
‘It is a terrible result for our fans and for ourselves. We didn’t expect a situation like this. This is what has happened to us. It is really, really unfortunate but credit is due to Liverpool.’
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Valverde knows full well what the result means for him and his team, which will have left Barca fans devastated.
They may have already sewn up the La Liga title this season, but the crushing Champions League defeat will leave the campaign with a sour taste.
‘When you have a battle like tonight, you’re going to go through some really tough few days, like all our fans as well..
‘You’re going to suffer, the fans will suffer as well. That’s what it is like. You have to go through this penitence and we’ve not got long to go until the end of the league season.’
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