The Catalans demonstrated their poorest display so far this season.
Perhaps, Ernesto Valverde’s got it wrong while picking his starting XI. He decided to field the same players who thrashed Roma 4-1 a week ago at home.
Maybe both Andres Iniesta and Sergio Busquets were simply not fit enough?
With five minutes gone after the kick-off, the hosts took the lead thanks to Edin Dzeko’s cheeky lob over Ter Stegen. Samuel Umtiti and Jordi Alba did NOTHING to stop him. 1-0.
The Catalans didn’t leave their own half and allowed Roma players to keep shooting at their goal. Roma could have scored two more goals even before the break.
It was Samuel Umtiti again who was to blame when Roma finally got their second goal. He was nowhere to be seen and Gerard Pique had to foul in order to stop Edin Dzeko from scoring a brace. A deserved penalty.
Daniele De Rossi made no mistake from the spot. 2-0.
It didn’t take long for the Italians to kick Barcelona out of the Champions League. Manolas beat Semedo after the corner and headed it home. 3-0.
The Catalans tried to do something, but with 10 minutes left to play everything was in vain. They were beaten by Roma who were simply BETTER. In everything.