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    Bartomeu’s regrets over Liverpool defeat

    Former Barcelona president Josep Maria Bartomeu has confessed that he regrets not kick-starting the club’s rebuild after their stunning defeat to Liverpool in the 2018/19 Champions League semi-final.

    After Lionel Messi dragged Barcelona to a 3-0 win in the first leg, the Catalan side came unstuck in the return fixture as Liverpool roared to a famous 4-0 victory – the second year in a row they had been stunned by a big comeback, after Roma dumped them out in 2018.

    Instead of hitting the reset button there and then, Barcelona stood firm and persisted with their squad at the time, only to be absolutely thumped 8-2 by Bayern Munich 12 months later, and Bartomeu has confessed he missed the right chance to start over.

    “Not assessing after the Liverpool defeat that a change needed to be made was a mistake,” he told TV3 (via Marca). “We had to make a generational change.

    “Instead, I listened to the players and I was wrong. We were pushing ourselves to the limit economically and then the pandemic caught us all by surprise.”

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