Spanish press slam Barcelona after humiliating loss to Liverpool


Fury and humiliation are the primary feelings coming from Spain, the morning after Barcelona suffered one of the worst Champions League defeats of all time.

Barca were beaten 4-0 by Liverpool in the semi-final second leg at Anfield, crashing out of the competition having led 3-0 after the first game at the Nou Camp.

The Spanish media have unsurprisingly been hugely critical following the loss, describing it as the worst moment in the history of the club.

Spanish newspaper Sport, on yellow letters on plain black funereal background, carry the headline: ‘The biggest ridicule in history.’

Underneath they describe it as the ‘blackest page’ in the history of Barca after they were ‘eliminated from the Champions League in an unforgivable way at Anfield.’

They compare the loss to Barca’s elimination from the competition last season where they went out to Roma in the quarter finals, losing 3-0 in Italy having won 4-1 in the first leg.

The back page of Sport reads: ‘As happened in Rome, [Barca manager Ernesto] Valverde’s team did not know how to manage their advantage.’


The other Spanish sports newspapers have a similar theme – AS call it a ‘storm in Anfield’ as Barca said ‘goodbye to the treble’, failing to add to the La Liga title and their place in the Copa del Rey final.

Mundo Deportivo have a one word headline: ‘Sonrojo’, which roughly translates as ‘Embarrassing’.

They describe Barca as playing ‘without a soul’, and say the ‘ridiculous’ fourth goal – where Divock Origi swept in a quick Trent Alexander-Arnold corner with the Barca defence statuesque – marks ‘the epitaph of a team that repeated Rome.’

Meanwhile Marca, which generally covers Real Madrid in more detail, were also highly critical of Barca’s shock elimination.

They ran the headline ‘Fracaso Historico’ – meaning ‘Historic Failure’ – under a picture of the scoreboard reading 4-0 to Liverpool.