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Soccer – Valverde seeks Barca reaction

Ernesto Valverde wants to see a big reaction from his Barcelona players after they made a shock Champions League exit at the hands of Roma. The Catalan giants were beaten 3-0 in the Stadio Olimpico in the second leg of their quarter-final tie, leaving Roma winners on away goals with the aggregate score locked at 4-4. And Valverde had few complaints about the result, while also trying to lift morale for the task of trying to complete a domestic double by winning La Liga and the Copa del Rey. He told reporters: "We can only keep our heads up because there's no other way. They played a great game, they overcame us and we have to congratulate them. "We have to recover because we're still in two competitions, which we want to win." Barca currently hold an 11-point lead at the top of the La Liga standings, with seven games to play, while they will face Sevilla in the final of the Spanish cup later this month and are 1/4 with bet365 to lift the Copa del Rey.

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