Barcelona will apologize for his "regrettable" Champions League semifinal ending in Liverpool hands earlier this month, according to Lionel Messi.
In its first Barcelona press conference for four years, the Argentina grandeur said: "We are still recovering from what happened in Liverpool. At least I am.
" Our performance was regrettable. It was a very hard loss for us. "
Lionel Messi struck a rejected figure during Barcelona's humiliating defeat against Liverpool. 19659007] Barcelona led 3-0 from the first leg of the Nou Camp, but then went down 4-0 in the return game at Anfield.
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"We don't have to apologize for losing, but we do not compete, & # 39; & # 39; Messi said about his team's second leg collapse.
He spoke on the eve of Barcelona's last game of the season, the Copa del Rey final against Valencia.
Messi has often avoided journalists during his career and his previous press conference before a Barcelona match was in 2015 when he Catalan club confronted Bayern Munich in the Champions League semis.
Barcelona will aim to add to its Spanish league title on Sunday, but the Champions League was its main goal this season.
"It's right to win the double value is important, but we still have a bad feeling for that loss," Messi said. "We all had our focus on winning the Champions League, so the disappointment was so much bigger. "
Barcelona also had a hard exit at Rome in the Champions League quarter-final in 2018, as it also hit a big first leg lead.
" We didn't think what happened to the Roma could happen again, "Messi said ahead." Our first leg against Liverpool was not that bad, but we did not compete at all in the other. "
Barcelona is seeking its fifth straight Copa del Rey triumph while Valencia will try to win the tournament for eighth time and first since 2008.
The final is at Real Betis & # 39; Benito Villamarin Stadium in Seville.