Jose Mourinho has questioned Barcelona’s mentality after the LaLiga champions collapsed against Liverpool in incredible fashion on Tuesday.
Barca entered the second leg of the Champions League semi-final with a three-goal lead but were dismantled by the Reds in a shocking 4-0 defeat at Anfield.
Liverpool advanced to the Champions League final at Barca’s expense in a 4-3 aggregate win.
After the game, Mourinho, who managed Barca’s rivals Real Madrid from 2010 to 2013, called out the Blaugrana and singled out Liverpool’s fourth goal as an example of their poor mental state.
Trent Alexander-Arnold caught Barcelona’s defence napping and his quick corner kick found Divock Origi, who scored his second of the night and the goal that ultimately knocked out the visitors
“If you see that goal in an under-14 or an under-15 match you would say, ‘the kids are sleeping, the kids have no mentality to play football, the kids have to learn the basics of the game’.
“But we are speaking about the best players in the world and to concede that goal really shows you a state of mind.
“At half-time, I said if Liverpool score a second goal the atmosphere will be really difficult to cope with and the atmosphere was really difficult to cope with.
“But Barcelona have some of the best players in the world. It’s their natural habitat to play at that level, it’s their natural habitat to play Barcelona [versus] Real Madrid, Champions League final, Champions League semi-final every season,” Mourinho said on beIN SPORTS.
Mourinho also said that Barca manager, Ernesto Valverde, will find it hard to explain why his team once again failed to protect a three-goal lead, after the first leg of a Champions League knock-out tie.
“It’s something that’s so difficult for me to explain, it’s so difficult for me to believe that my team is winning 3-0 in the first leg and we’re going to lose 4-0 in the second leg.
“I would like to see Valverde try to explain but I still believe it will be very difficult for him to explain,” he added.