Ghost plane: The mood on Barça's return flight wasn't good

Barcelona's players are angry and sad at their Champions League KO

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"It's been many years since I saw faces like that." That's how one member of the Barcelona expedition to Rome described the faces of the players on the painful journey back to the Catalan city.

The plane left Roma at one in the morning and landed in Barcelona around three. It was a difficult journey, with no one able to sleep despite the tiredness. 

The feeling which defined the trip was "anger" but also "sadness", spreak in equal parts among the squad, who were given Wednesday off to process the debacle. 

The team is aware that it's a spectacular failure, even more so than last year's losses in Paris and Turin, given that here all they had to do was defend a 4-1 lead against a team not considered one of Europe's best before the tie. 

More than once, it was muttered that "we have delivered the Champions League to Real Madrid," in reference to Los Blancos being on track for a third European title in as many years -- Roma, Liverpool and, in theory, Bayern Munich stand in their way. 

Barca's players remain convinced that Roma are a side they should have beaten and that they haven't gone through because of their own mistakes. 


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