Barcelona president Rosell not worried by ‘unjust’ defeat against Chelsea

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Apr 25th, 2012
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[lg_folder folder="Barcelona V Chelsea 24-4-2012/" count="1" paging="false"]Barcelona president Sandro Rosell said that from a Catalan point of view their Champions League exit to Chelsea last night could be seen as “unjust”, but overall he had no complaints over his side’s 3-2 aggregate exit to the Premier League club.

Barca again had 72 per cent possession at the Nou Camp but were unable to break through even with Chelsea playing for over an hour with just 10 men.

“Every time we lose you can say it is unjust, as in every game we have more possession and more shots at goal than our opponents,” said Rosell. “Teams come here to defend and sometimes it works for them and sometimes it does not. It worked for Chelsea.”

Barca’s talisman Lionel Messi missed a second half penalty which would likely have put his side through to the final, and then burst into tears as Fernando Torres netted the late goal which sealed the La Liga side’s fate.

But Rosell said no one individual was to blame for their exit. “Clearly it would have been fantastic if Messi had scored the penalty, but he is not responsible (for us going out),” said the club president.

“What happened is that we had many chances to score in the 180 minutes and they had just three in the two games. They scored all three and that can happen in football.”

The result – coupled with Real Madrid’s 2-1 win at the Nou Camp last weekend – means that Barcelona have now lost out in the two most important club competitions while dominating possession and territory throughout the clashes against both Madrid and Chelsea.

However, Rosell said that he was happy with the patient style of play evangelised by Barca coach Pep Guardiola. “We never renounce our style of play, we always keep playing the same way and tonight the ball just did not go in,” he said.

“The most important is to remain so proud of our players who gave everything and our fans who supported the team even at the end. I am sad, obviously, but still proud of the team.”

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