"They have had very clear opportunities," Valverde said in his post-match press conference, via Goal.
Valverde said: "It was a match in which they took control of the game at times and it cost us, but we were victorious against a very strong team.
"But this is similar to last year, when we were also three goals ahead against Roma."
The 55-year-old was of course referring to Barcelona's exit from Europe last season, when they took a 4-1 lead into the second leg of their quarter-final against the Serie A outfit, only to lose 3-0 in the Italian capital to exit the tournament in humiliating circumstances.
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"We know what Leo is, but he does not stop surprising us," he added. "He has pushed us to the brink [of the final] but we still have to play the second leg."
Source : 90min