It’s just over one year since Barcelona produced *the* most remarkable comeback in the history of the Champions League.
The extraordinary 6-1 victory over Paris Saint-Germain will never, ever be forgotten.
However, the Catalan giants got a taste of their own medicine on Tuesday night at AS Roma’s Stadio Olimpico.
Barça were expected to breeze through to the semi-finals after beating the Italian outfit 4-1 at the Camp Nou last week.
But three goals without reply completed a stunning comeback for the Giallorossi, who now join Liverpool in the last four.
Edin Dzeko gave the home side hope with a goal in the sixth minute before Daniele De Rossi made it 2-0 from the penalty spot just before the hour-mark.
The final goal came from Kostas Manolas, who headed home Cengiz Under’s corner to send the Roma fans wild.
VALVERDE TAKES RESPONSIBILITY
Barcelona’s star players simply didn’t turn up, Lionel Messi included. This was a terrible team performance and one that Ernesto Valverde took full responsibility for after the final whistle.
“We had no response, everything went for them and for us we struggled to build our play,” he was quoted as saying by Marca.
”I am responsible absolutely, I am the visible head of the team and it was down to me.
“Everyone is now affected by this but we need to bounce back because we have two competitions that we want to win.”
JURGEN KLOPP’S REACTION TO ROMA’S WIN V BARCELONA
Those who were watching the Manchester City v Liverpool quarter-final second leg were left stunned by the news of Roma’s shock 3-0 win, including Jurgen Klopp.
The Liverpool boss was asked about Roma’s victory after his side’s win over City and came out with a quite brilliant reply involving Mohamed Salah, who joined the Reds from the Serie A side last summer.
“I walked up the stairs and somebody told me,” the German coach was quoted as saying by Goal.com’s Neil Jones. “I really thought it was a joke. I respect Roma, fantastic football team. They lost Salah and they are in the semis!”
Great stuff there from Kloppo.
When you think about it, it is pretty remarkable that Roma have reached the semi-finals of the Champions League without Salah, who has been directly involved in 50 Liverpool goals this season.
Eusebio Di Francesco’s side haven’t exactly been pulling up trees in Italy this season – they currently sit fourth in Serie A, 21 points behind league-leaders Juventus – but they now have a real chance of becoming European champions for the first time in their history.