- Barcelona players unhappy with Valverde’s tactics and selection against Roma
- Roma beat Barcelona 3-0 in Italy to reach the semi-finals and send Barca out
- Reports in Spain say senior players confronted Valverde in the changing room
Barcelona’s players turned on manager Ernesto Valverde after their shock Champions League exit at the hands of Roma, according to reports in Spain.
Despite leading 4-1 after the first leg at the Nou Camp, Barca were beaten 3-0 in Italy to exit at the quarter final stage on away goals.
The players reportedly pinned the blame for this humiliation squarely on Valverde, talling him he should have set them up to deal with Roma’s physical strengths.
Barcelona’s players reportedly turned on Ernesto Valverde after their Champions League exit
Players are said to have been unhappy with Valverde’s tactics and selection against Roma
Roma beat Barcelona 3-0 in Italy to reach the semi-finals and send Barca out on away goals
Valverde made few tactical changes in the game as Barca were bullied by Roma target man Edin Dzeko, with the Serie A side going on to claim a famous victory.
One player, according to Spanish newspaper Sport, told the manager: ‘Boss, this was a game for physical players.’
The players are said to doubt Valverde’s tactical nous, even while admiring his man-management abilities.
It is reported that Valverde listened to his players’ complaints, but did not give an answer immediately.
The Roma loss put a negative slant on Barca’s season, despite their unbeaten domestic form
The defeat to Roma has put a negative slant on Barca’s season, despite their all-conquering form domestically.
They are yet to lose in La Liga this season – and have gone 40 league matches unbeaten – and could become the first invincible side in Spanish league history.
They are also on for a domestic double, as they face Sevilla in the Copa del Rey final on May 6.