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Barcelona boss Ernesto Valverde speak on dressing room ‘bust up’ with Lionel Messi

ERNESTO VALVERDE has downplayed suggestions of unrest in the Barcelona dressing room following their Champions League exit

Barcelona suffered a shock 3-0 defeat to Roma in the Champions League in midweek as they blew their 4-1 advantage from the first leg to crash out of the competition.

Reports suggested in the aftermath of the defeat, Lionel Messi and Gerard Pique confronted Valverde over his tactics in the dressing room.

But when previewing Barca’s clash with Valencia this weekend, Valverde denied the reports.

”I have nothing to say about that [Messi and Pique asking for explanations] mostly because nothing like that happened,” he said.

”The team have reacted well since the game.

”We are in a difficult moment, possibly our second worst of the season after August [and the Supercopa de Espana defeats].

”We lost and we’re out of a competition that we were very excited about and do feel sorry for ourselves and the fans.

”But if we continue to dwell on that game and think about, we will keep losing.”

The Catalan giants will now be looking to wrap up the La Liga title with just seven games remaining of the season.

Valverde’s side can also pick up silverware in the Copa Del Rey when they face Sevilla later this month.

But finishing the season with two trophies will not mask their disappointment at a quarter-final exit to Roma in the Champions League,

However, Valverde is keen to use the disappointment as motivation in their remaining La Liga games as they look to take the title back from champions Real Madrid.

“It will be a function of our staging, we are aware and we know we have to go for the game, we have 10 points left to be champions, it has cost us a lot and we can not keep whining at home because of what happened,” he added.

“To think that if we win tomorrow, we would have seven points to be champions, if they told us a while ago, we would not have believed it, it should not boost what we lost, but what we can win.”

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