Barcelona boss Quique Setien admits that players are still being chased by losses for Roma and Liverpool
“I’m sure they have it in their mind”: Barcelona boss Quique Setien admits that his players are still being chased by Champions League blows against Roma and Liverpool as they return to knockout action against Napoli
- Barcelona goes to Napoli for the Champions League final-16 of Tuesday, first leg draw
- They have left the competition in humble conditions for the past two years
- They blew a 4-1 lead against Roma in 2018 and a 3-0 lead against Liverpool
- Manager Quique Setien admits that his players are still being pursued by experience
Barcelona manager Quique Setien has admitted that his team remains signed by their collapsed Champions League against Roma and Liverpool.
The Catalan club has left Europe in humiliating circumstances in each of the last two seasons after throwing away substantial first leg leads.
They led Roma 4-1 after the first leg of the quarter-finals 2017-2018, but lost 3-0 in Italy to go out on goals.
Barcelona manager Quique Setien is preparing his team for Tuesday’s meeting with Napoli
Lionel Messi juggles the ball while Barcelona trains at the Stadio San Paolo on Monday night
And worse followed in the semi-final of last season when they remained a 3-0 lead on the first leg to lose 4-0 to the final Liverpool champions at Anfield.
Setien, who is preparing to take charge of his first Champions League match as Barcelona manager, away for Napoli on Tuesday evening, admits that the defeats are still in the minds of the players.
“The reality is that we have spoken very little about it [the Roma and Liverpool defeats]”Although I’m sure they have it in their head,” said Setien.
“Maybe it’s not comparable. We have experienced incredibly difficult games and I think the team is great.
Kostas Manolas scores the decisive goal in the Rome comeback to beat Barcelona in 2018
Messi reflects with dismay after Barcelona threw away a 4-1 first stage lead to lose to Roma
“The team is convinced that we will continue in this dynamic, I trust that we will maintain the level that we have been giving for a while.”
Barcelona returns to the European action, stimulated by their domestic situation, after they had built up a two point lead over rivals Real Madrid at the top of the LaLiga table last weekend.
Setien has won seven and lost two of his nine games that have been in the lead so far, but a tough week is just around the corner with the Napoli game soon followed by the Clasico with Real Madrid on Sunday.
Liverpool set up a 3-0 comeback after the first leg to dump Barcelona last year
Messi is thinking about a new missed Champions League opportunity after the loss to Liverpool
“There is no doubt that it is my first match in the Champions League and it is a motivation,” Setien added.
‘It’s exciting for me to start this journey in a stadium like this, full of passion and history.
“I think it will be a passionate game. There is no better place to start. “