Luis Enrique claims he's to blame for Barcelona's Champions League exit

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Barcelona boss Luis Enrique has insisted that he takes full responsibility after his side were eliminated from the Champions League at the hands of Atletico Madrid on Wednesday evening. 

Barca, who went into the game holding a 2-1 advantage, succumbed to a disappointing 2-0 defeat at the Vicente Calderon. 

Antoine Griezmann's brace saw Atletico progress to the semi-final stage, eliminating the Catalans in the process. 


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No team has ever retained the Champions League in its current format and Barcelona will not be changing that statistic this season. 

Enrique, who watched his side dominate possession, insisted that he couldn't fault his players but suggested that it wasn't his side's best match.

Enrique to blame 

Speaking after the contest, as per the Daily Mail, the Barca boss stated: 'I'm 99.9 per cent to blame, no 100. That's why I am the coach, the most responsible.

"I can't say anything bad about the attitude of my players.

"It was the game we predicted, although perhaps I didn't expect Atletico to play so deep. It wasn't our best day.

"We have not had our best day, but in the second half we have had chances. It was not to be. Atletico deserve praise.

"Our goals are always the highest, we're proud to be always favourites, we must accept the defeat and focus on our remaining objectives. We have to stay calm and think that we still have two competitions where we are in the running. 

"Everyone can choose the explanation (for Barca's faltering form). To give mine I have to analyse the performance. It is not our best time, but it is not the time to be nervous."

The final four 

With the draw for the semi-finals set to take place on Friday, the four remaining teams will believe that they can secure the prestigious trophy. 

Manchester City will take to the semi-final of the competition for the first time in their history after overcoming French outfit Paris Saint-Germain in the last round, while Real Madrid, who won the competition in 2014, are still in with a chance of claiming their 11th Champions League trophy after they produced a fine comeback against Wolfsburg. 

Pep Guardiola's Bayern Munich joined the fray after securing a 3-2 aggregate victory over Benfica. There's every chance that Guardiola will have to take on Manchester City - the team that he will be joining in the summer.  

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