View Full Version : Rijkaard suffers toughest blow as Barca crash out of Cup

05-11-2007, 05:10 PM
Madrid, May11: Barcelona coach Frank Rijkaard said that his side's humiliating 4-0 defeat by Getafe in the semi-finals of the King's Cup was one of the biggest disappointments of his career.

"We can't make any excuses, we suffered massively out there and I honestly don't think we can complain about the result -- Getafe deserved to win and we have to congratulate them," Rijkaard told a news conference after his side's 6-5 aggregate defeat.

"This is one of the hardest nights I've ever had to experience. I have to take my share of responsibility in this as coach and personally I have to ask forgiveness to the Barcelona fans for what has happened."

Despite enjoying a handsome 5-2 advantage after the first leg, Barca found themselves on the back foot from the first minute as they were out-fought and out-played by their more motivated and focused opponents.

The modest Madrid-based opponents scored two goals before halftime through Francisco Casquero and Daniel Guiza to leave the Catalans reeling as they went into the break.

They went ahead on the away goals rule when midfielder Angel Vivar Dorado headed in 19 minutes from time and Guiza added the icing on the cake while Barcelona were still reeling from the blow.

Rijkaard admitted that the defeat could take its toll on the side's bid to defend the league title.

"Getafe warned us that this might happen but almost from the first minute we appeared incapable of reacting," said Rijkaard. "It was a very hard night for us and will be difficult to digest.

"There are defeats and defeats and this one leaves us with a very ugly sensation. Sport is full of difficult moments and now we have to do everything we can to finish the season with dignity.

"We left a very bad impression out there and we have to react now."

Barca lead the Primera Liga by two points from arch-rivals Real Madrid with five games to play. They host relegation-threatened Real Betis on Sunday and have to play Getafe again before the end of the season.

Bureau Report