Barcelona coach Ernesto Valverde looks on. REUTERS/Tony Gentile
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Barcelona coach Ernesto Valverde's conservatism was cited by the Spanish media as the main reason for their 3-0 defeat at AS Roma Tuesday that led to a shock Champions League quarterfinal elimination being regarded as "a historic debacle".Roma coach Eusebio Di Francesco overhauled his formation after the first leg, fielding a 3-5-2 shape which overwhelmed Barca with relentless pressing that also nullified the Spanish side's talisman Lionel Messi.Valverde did not make any changes until it was 3-0 in the 81st minute, bringing off an exhausted captain Andres Iniesta for Andre Gomes, and throwing on the speedy Ousmane Dembele and forward Paco Alcacer in late desperation.Valverde addressed his lack of substitutions and appeared to lay the blame on his players.Catalan daily Sport had celebrated Barcelona being paired with Roma in the quarterfinal draw.
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