Messi says Barcelona lost because Umtiti was distracted by Manchester United's interest

Messi says Barcelona lost because Umtiti was distracted by Manchester United's interest

- Messi blames Barcelona's defeat on Manchester United's interest in Umtiti

- Barcelona were stunned by Roma to overturn a three-goal first leg deficit

- The Argentine captain also faulted Jordi Alba's performance in defence

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Barcelona star man Lionel Messi has blamed his team's Champions League exit on want away defender Samuel Umtiti.

The Argentina international feels the reason for the Frenchman's lack of concentration is United's persistent interest in signing him in the summer.

According to Diario Gol, Messi blamed Manchester United, claiming the France defender was not fully focused on the task at hand.

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The Spanish media outfit also stated Messi gave Umtiti a verbal dressing down at half-time, imploring him to get his mind on the Roma match, Briefly.co.za gathered.

The center-back has a £53m release clause in his contract and Mourinho has reportedly identified the Barca man as the ideal partner for Eric Bailly in United's central defence.

The 30-year-old was also said to be angry at Jordi Alba who played badly in the disastrous loss in Rome.

Messi and his teammates did not sparkle at the Stadio Olympico as Roma overturned the three-goal first deficit in stunning fashion.

The Catalan giants have failed to make it past the quarter final stage of the Champions League for the third consecutive year.

Goals from Edin Dzeko, Daniele de Rossi and Kostas Manolas saw the Italian side seal their passage into the next round on a 4-4 aggregate scoreline.

The shock result means Eusebio Di Francesco side are now dreaming of Champions League glory and could meet Liverpool in the semi-finals.

On the other hand, the Nou Camp outfit will have to watch on as bitter rivals Real Madrid attempt to make history by winning the trophy for the third consecutive time.

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Source: Briefly.co.za

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