Barca beaten by giant-killers Atletico Madrid
Possibly the favourites to win the Champions League, Barcelona have been knocked out in a dramatic turn of events.
They were certainly favourites to win their quarterfinal tie against Atletico Madrid, after their 2-1 win at the Nou Camp, and with Messi in their ranks who would have bet against them?
But the little Argentine may now be in a state of shock after his club’s Champions League quarterfinal defeat.
Many who think Messi is the best player in the world may have changed their opinion because of his current 5-match goal drought. This is so unlike the Barca great.
On Wednesday night, it was Atletico’s Antoine Greizmann who stole the show, as he bagged his second goal to take his side through.
Barcelona’s boss, Luis Enrique took the blame and said: “I’m 99.9% to blame, no 100. That’s why I’m the coach, the most responsible. We all have to improve.”
It would have hurt Barcelona if they had been beaten by the likes of Wolfsburg or Benfica, but to lose to one of their arch-rivals will have surely dented their self-esteem.
Barcelona have won the Champions league five times and they have been runners up on three occasions, so the neutrals won’t be too upset to say bye bye to them at this relatively early stage.
The Barca victories have come in 1992,2006,2009,2011 and 2015 but in this match they were a shadow of the team that last season ruled Europe so convincingly.
Will, Year 5
Heighington Millfield Primary Academy