Jose Mourinho has hit out at Barcelona for their poor performance in a 4-0 Champions League defeat to Liverpool on Tuesday night.
For the second successive season the Catalan side threw away a three-goal first-leg lead: last campaign in the quarter-final in Rome, on Tuesday night in a febrile, hostile Anfield as Jurgen Klopp’s side scored four unanswered goals to win 4-3 on aggregate.
It was a credit to the hosts that Lionel Messi, who did so much damage in a late 15-minute spell in the Nou Camp, was restricted to an observer’s role while Luis Suarez was left frustrated, with a kick-out at Andy Robertson which ended the Reds defender’s night highlighting his frustration.
“If you see that goal in an under-14 or an under-15 match you would say, ‘the kids are sleeping, the kids have no mentality to play football, the kids have to learn the basics of the game,'” Mourinho said on beIN SPORTS.
“But we are speaking about the best players in the world and to concede that goal really shows you a state of mind.
“At half-time I said if Liverpool score a second goal the atmosphere will be really difficult to cope with and the atmosphere was really difficult to cope with.
“But Barcelona have some of the best players in the world. It’s their natural habitat to play at that level, it’s their natural habitat to play Barcelona [versus] Real Madrid, Champions League final, Champions League semi-final every season.”