Join Now | 
HomeAboutContact UsPrivacy & SecurityAdvertise
Soccer America DailySpecial EditionAround The NetSoccer Business InsiderCollege Soccer ReporterYouth Soccer ReporterSoccer on TVSoccer America Classifieds
Paul Gardner: SoccerTalkSoccer America ConfidentialYouth Soccer InsiderWorld Cup Watch
RSS FeedsArchivesManage SubscriptionsSubscribe
Order Current IssueSubscribeManage My SubscriptionRenew My SubscriptionGift Subscription
My AccountJoin Now
Tournament CalendarCamps & AcademiesSoccer GlossaryClassifieds
Dejected Barca Faces 'Almost Impossible' Task
Marca, April 24th, 2013 12:49PM

MOST READ
TAGS:  barcelona, germany, spain, uefa champions league

MOST COMMENTED

Barcelona players and staff sounded dejected after Tuesday’s crushing 4-0 defeat against Bayern Munich in the first leg of its UEFA Champions League semifinal series. “Bayern have to be congratulated. They were very strong and superior to us,” Barca assistant coach Jordi Roura said during the post-game press conference. “They are a very physical team, tall and strong … it's a bad result and we are down. We know we're in a difficult position now, but as Barcelona we have to compete in the second leg and try to win. We will give it our all.”

Midfielder Xavi described the defeat as the club’s “worst result ever.” He added: "They were better -- and I don't mind saying that. It's almost impossible [to reach the final]. But we must try to, for this club and for everyone."

Defender Gerard Pique was brutally honest in his assessment. “They're quicker, stronger and play better football,” he said. Amid suggestions that two of Bayern’s goals should not have been allowed by referee Viktor Kassai, Pique said, "We don't need to talk about the referee; I don't think he had an influence."

Perhaps most worrying of all for Barca, is striker Lionel Messi’s admission that he “felt fine” throughout the 90 minutes. By most accounts, Messi looked less than half the player he normally is. Marca said the game would likely go down as the four-time Ballon d’Or winner’s worst-ever match.

According to the report, the Argentine striker had a season-high six turnovers, and not once did he receive the ball behind Bayern holding midfielders Bastian Schweinsteiger and Javi Martinez in the 66 times he touched it. Echoing his teammates, Messi said Bayern “beat us in everything” and was simply “superior.”

Read the original story...


No comments yet.

Sign in to leave a comment. Don't have an account? Join Now




AUTHORS

ARCHIVES
FOLLOW SOCCERAMERICA

Recent Section 2 Around the Net
Orlando City Signs Shea     
New MLS club Orlando City on Friday announced the signing of U.S. national team midfielder Brek ...
Report: Juve Eyes January Move for Falcao     
According to Italian soccer site Calciomercato, Manchester United may consider getting second-choice striker Radamel Falcao's huge ...
Reus Fined $665K for Driving without a License    
Borussia Dortmund forward Marco Reus has been handed one of the biggest driving fines in German ...
Balotelli Receives One-Game Ban, Fine for Instagram Post    
Mario Balotelli received a one game ban and a fine of 25,000 pounds after being found ...
Robbie Rogers: FIFA 'Insane' to Host World Cup in Russia, Qatar    
LA Galaxy left back Robbie Rogers has spoken out about FIFA's decision to stage the next ...
FIFA to Publish World Cup Corruption Report    
FIFA's executive committee on Friday agreed unanimously to publish Michael Garcia's report into the bidding process ...
FIFA: Qatar Needs Labor Reform to Keep 2022 World Cup    
FIFA executive committee member Theo Zwanziger on Tuesday indicated that 2022 World Cup host Qatar must ...
CWC: Auckland City the 'Winner,' but San Lorenzo Progresses     
Real Madrid's will face San Lorenzo of Argentina in Saturday's Club World Cup final after the ...
Di Maria Beats Messi, Aguero to Argentina's Player of the Year    
Manchester United winger Angel Di Maria has beaten Lionel Messi and Sergio Aguero to Argentina's player ...
League Cup: Rodgers Defends Sterling as Reds March On     
Following Liverpool's 3-1 League Cup quarterfinal win at Bournemouth, Coach Brendan Rodgers defended two-goal hero Raheem ...
>> Section 2 Around the Net Archives