Ex-Barcelona coach claims they knew they would lose to Liverpool

Date published: Wednesday 13th January 2021 2:10

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Former Barcelona coach Jon Aspiazu claims the Catalan giants travelled to Liverpool thinking they would lose to the Premier League side in 2019.

Ernesto Valverde’s LaLiga champions arrived on Merseyside boasting a 3-0 advantage following their semi-final first leg in 2019, but their dreams of reaching a the Champions League final were dramatically crushed.

Barca, in shipping four unanswered goals to Divock Origi and Georginio Wijnaldum, wrote “the darkest page” of a glorious club chronicle which also features 26 Spanish title wins and five European Cups.

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The Catalans suffered a similar capitulation against Roma the season before and Spanish newspaper La Vanguardia claimed in September 2019 that Barcelona were still ‘in a state of shock’ from their defeat to Jurgen Klopp’s men.

In some respects it seems Barcelona have never recovered from the mauling they suffered at the hands of Liverpool that day with Valverde’s former assistant Aspiazu admitting that he could feel the “fear” in the camp ahead of the match.

“Going into that game the technicians were going with many fears,” Aspiazu told AS (via Sport Witness).

“In fact, during the technical chat a player said to us ‘boss, how we are going to lose today?’ and Valverde said to him ‘I am the manager, I have to put myself in all the situations’.

“The match in Liverpool was much more even than the final result reflected. But the last goal was so decisive and so unusual that it ended up being an incredible burden.”


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