The international press did not hold back with their verdict of another Champions League failure for Barcelona
Barcelona players have been savaged in the media after they surrendered a three-goal lead to lose against Liverpool and miss out on a place in the Champions League final in Madrid.
Divock Origi and Georginio Wijnaldum both struck twice as Liverpool stunned the LaLiga holders 4-0 in one of the competition’s greatest ever comebacks.
The Reds will play the winner of the other semi-final between Ajax or Tottenham in the June 1 showpiece in Madrid.
There were a number of Barcelona’s superstar squad that turned in underwhelming displays and the international press were quick to highlight this with lowly ratings for a host of Ernesto Valverde’s players.
French newspaper L’Equipe, who are known for being rather harsh, gave former Liverpool favourite Luis Suarez, who was booed all night for his first leg celebrations, a mark of just 2/10.
His fellow ex-Red, Philippe Coutinho, was also slammed by the French media outlet with a 3/10 given to his performance.
Lionel Messi was the only player in the visiting line-up to be marked as high as 6/10, with the majority only being rated half that score.
Barcelona-based newspaper Marca were, understandably, even more ruthless in their assessments of the team and they rate with a score of one-three stars, but ten of the players did not even get a mark.
Marc-Andre Ter Stegen, Arturo Vidal, Sergio Busquets and Messi all collected a one-star rating.
Madrid-centric Marca’s front page carried the headline ‘Fracaso Historico’ – ‘Historic Failure’ – under a picture of the scoreboard at Anfield.
Mundo Deportivo’s front page headline, meanwhile, simply read ‘Sonrojo’, which translates as ‘Embarrassing’.
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For the second season in a row Barca crumbled when it mattered in the Champions League, having thrown away a three-goal lead against Roma at the quarter-final stage of last year’s competition.
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