Valverde Tells Barcelona To Forget Roma Collapse

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"We need to get things back up and running and get the fans behind us and try and get the two titles still open to us this season that we have not yet won either", said Valverde, who must pick up his players ahead of their Liga tie with Valencia Saturday.

After the 3-0 defeat at Stadio Olimpico, which sent Roma through on away goals, Ernesto Valverde paid lip-service to shouldering responsibility but in the same breath pointed to a disappointment with his players.

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Barca, who meet Sevilla in the King's Cup final on April 21, need 10 points from their seven remaining games to clinch their 25th league title. Real Madrid trail Valencia by a point.

But even with successes still to come, they would do well to let the rout in Rome linger a little longer.

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