Enrique takes the blame for Barcelona exit

Barcelona manager Luis Enrique has said that he has to take full responsibility after Barca failed to qualify for the Champions League semi-finals for just the third time in the last 11 years.

The defending champions were eliminated on Wednesday following a 2-0 defeat to Primera Liga rivals Atletico Madrid – a 3-2 defeat on aggregate.

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It was Barca’s third defeat in their last four games in all competitions, and their poor domestic form has seen their La Liga lead cut to just three points.

"I'm 99.9 per cent to blame – no 100," said Enrique. "That's why I am the coach, the most responsible."

"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 to stay calm and think that we still have two competitions where we are in the running.

"Everyone can choose the explanation. To give mine I have to analyse the performance. It is not our best time, but it is not the time to be nervous."

Defender Gerard Piqué called on his team-mates to keep their heads up and focus on the challenges that still lie ahead.

“This clearly isn’t our best moment of the season. There are no perfect seasons in football," said the Spain international.

“We should congratulate Atlético Madrid for everything they are doing and wish them a lot of luck.”

“We all try to do our best in every game. We have to win the two competitions we are still involved in.”

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