Barcelona drew their must-win Champions League clash with Inter Milan 3-3, leaving Xavi Hernandezs team on the verge of relegation to the Europa League for the second successive season
Thierry HenryandJamie Carragherboth reckon thatBarcelonalost their heads during their must-win match againstInter Milan.
The Blaugrana needed to beat Inter to turn the tide on theirChampions Leaguefortunes, buta thrilling 3-3 draw at a sold-out Camp Nouleaves them on the brink of dropping out of the competition at the group stage for the second successive season.
Unless Group C minnowsViktoria Plzenpull off a shock win when they face Inter at the San Siro in a fortnights time, Barcelona willve already been demoted to theEuropa Leaguebefore a ball is even kicked in their clash with already-qualifiedBayern Munich.
Facing a plight thatll reportedly cost the Catalan club an eye-watering €21million, Barca were the architects of their own downfall on Wednesday - at least according to Henry and Carragher. Analysing the rollercoaster of a game, the pair of pundits cited Barcelonas poor temperament for allowing Inter come from behind in the second half and take the lead twice thereafter, forcing star strikerRobert Lewandowskito come up with two late equalisers.
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I just want to say something for people to understand, Henry, who spent three years at the Camp Nou and memorably lifted the Champions League trophy after their 2009 triumph overManchester United, began onCBS Sports. They took the game, Barcelona, to an emotional game too early. You dont go crazy - still 30 minutes to go - and make it like a crazy game yet.
Its still 1-1. In the last five minutes, what weve seen in the last 10 minutes you go and try to win it because you want to take control of the qualification. They made it a cup tie and an emotional game way too early. And you expect[Gerard] Piqueand[Sergio] Busquetsto go like guys [calm down] its still the group stage this is not you dying tonight.
Carragher also singled out the Blaugranas two most experienced players, who each boast three Champions League winners medals, for their lacklustre showings. Busquets, Pique - two of the greatest players weve ever seen for Barcelona and of this generation - they needed to settle everybody down. They didnt need it to become an end-to-end game, theLiverpoollegend explained.
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What they needed to do for the next 10 or 15 minutes was not (try and) score, was to make sure Inter Milan didnt score, and then eventually, push Inter Milan back and keep sustaining attacks and think we need one goal.
I put myself in that position if I was playing for Liverpool, at Anfield. If you needed one goal with half an hour to go, youd back yourselves to get the one goal. Make sure you dont concede and the game became too open, too spread, and it became too emotional.
It seems that Barcelona managerXavi Hernandezagrees with Henry and Carraghers assessment, as the Spanish tactician damningly claimed that his team dont deserve a place in the knockout stages. Im very disappointed, sad, frustrated, Im angry. Xavi fumed post-match. I have to be self-critical, we dont deserve to play in the Champions League. It hurts me, but its the truth.
I apologise to the fans because we made the mistakes, we had set our minds not to fail, and we have failed, so we have to apologise to the fans, who have been wonderful. I want to tell them that we will work to turn this situation around and win titles.
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