Luis Enrique
Luis Enrique

FC Barcelona coach Luis Enrique regretted his side’s elimination from the Champions League quarter-finals after their 2-0 defeat against Atletico Madrid at the Vicente Calderon stadium here.

“Our target was to retain the title and our hopes were high. We won’t be winning it this year and the team are feeling sad,” the coach said in a post-match press conference on Wednesday, reports Efe.

Atletico Madrid’s French forward Antoine Griezmann scored two goals against Barcelona in the second leg to send his side into the Champions League semi-finals, overturning a 1-2-defeat in the first leg to win 302 on aggregate.

Enrique added that “right now we simply have to accept the defeat, understand this as the kind of thing that happens in sport and turn to the other targets that we have on the horizon.”

The Spanish coach explained that Wednesday night was neither “our best moment, nor our most effective.”

The Catalan club coach congratulated Atletico Madrid for the victory and wished them good luck.

However, Enrique said he is “very proud” of his players and apologised to all fans for this elimination.


    The IANS was founded by Indian American publisher Gopal Raju as the India Abroad News Service. It was later renamed the Indo-Asian News Service.

    Related Posts

    With Roles Reversed, How Will Rohit-Dhoni Dynamics Work Out?

    The previous time Kohli and Dhoni were rested, Ajinkya Rahane was assigned the captaincy for the 2015 Zimbabwe tour. Now with Rahane no longer...

    Team spirit is new coach Stoeger’s biggest challenge at Dortmund

    Berlin, Dec 12: New Borussia Dortmund head coach Peter Stoeger won't be the man having to invent a brand new tactical system, but to teach...

    Maradona skips football match, spends time with kids

    Barasat (West Bengal) Dec 12: Argentine football legend Diego Maradona, who was supposed to play a 'Match for Unity on Tuesday against former India cricket...

    Putin allows athletes to compete at Winter Olympics as neutrals

    Moscow, Dec 12: President Vladimir Putin has backed the decision made by the Russian Olympic Committee (ROC) to clear national athletes for participation in the...

    For any cricketer, playing for India is the ultimate dream says this Indian cricketer

    Mohali, Dec 12: Despite failing the Yo-Yo test, a requisite to make it to the national squad, teenaged all-rounder Washington Sundar on Tuesday justified his...