Five things we learned from the Champions League

Five things we learned from the Champions League

Deportivo were among Spain's major forces just after the turn of the century and one of their finest moments in Europe came in April 2004 when, despite being 4-1 down from the first leg of their Champions League quarter-final with AC Milan, they stunned the Italians at home.

De Rossi hammered in the second goal of the night from the penalty spot after Edin Dzeko had got the hosts off to the flawless start by opening the scoring after six minutes at an electric Olympic Stadium.

Meanwhile, Liverpool also completed the double over Manchester City in their second leg quarter final match up.

Current mood in Barcelona.

"We've achieved a massive result and we'll enjoy it but we need to keep going and aim for more", said Roma coach Eusebio Di Francesco.

A 3-1 first-leg loss at Stamford Bridge - having trailed 3-0 - had Barca in danger of being on the wrong end of a major 1999-00 Champions League upset prior to the Roman Abramovich era, but in the return match the Catalans showed their true class.




While the Roma fans celebrated long into the night, the Spanish press composed their headlines and they weren't flattering to the vanquished.

Their capitulation climaxed minutes from time, when Kostas Manolas' late header condemned the Blaugrana to their third consecutive Champions League quarter final exit. "We all wanted to win the competition but only one can win", Valverde added. "[He] chooses the team, the changes, he plans the game, the season.so I am absolutely responsible for everything". They have a fantastic team. The club sold Mohamed Salah, Leandro Paredes and Antonio Rüdiger in the summer, while Totti retired.

Although Liverpool's three-goal burst last week came in the opening 45 minutes, they hit City with quickfire goals in the 59th and 61st minutes when they inflicted a first Premier League defeat of the season on the English champions-elect in January.

And the club website enjoyed itself on Twitter too. "They were very strong with second balls and we aren't used to defending like that".

The Italian leaders could join them on the Champions League scrapheap on Wednesday night, with Juventus trailing holder Real Madrid 3-0.

What made I Giallorossi's victory even more notable was the fact that the Blaugrana, famed for their "tiki-taka", were forced into playing a direct style of football, as the desperation to break down the Serie A side became evident as the game progressed in the second-half.

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