PSV Eindhoven coach Mark van Bommel says there is ‘no shame’ in losing to Barcelona after he saw his side go down 4-0 at the hands of the Spanish giants in the UEFA Champions League.
The Eredivisie giants were outclassed by Barca at the Camp Nou on Tuesday night, with the incomparable Lionel Messi scoring a hat-trick of goals.
The Argentine forward scored a brilliant free kick to put the La Liga side ahead. In the final quarter of the match, Ousmane Dembele made it 2-0 with a great individual effort before Messi added another two to wrap up the scoring.
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Van Bommel spoke to the media afterwards and stated the opening goal was decisive: “The foul before the free-kick was very important in deciding the game.
“I don’t think it was a foul. But we should have stopped Dembele before he got that far.
“Leo is the best in the world. But the 4-0 was too much today. We are still developing.
“But I think no team would be capable of stopping Barcelona today. Leo put that in the corner but before that things were going well.”
Van Bommel wasn’t angry with his players and accepts that Barcelona are in different class.
“You can lose here; there is no shame in that. We have the youngest players and we are still on the right road. They [Barca] are far ahead of us at the moment.”
PSV will return to Eredivisie action this weekend with a clash against title rivals Ajax on Sunday, September 23. The match will be live on Fox Sports 1 from 16h35 CAT.