Jose Mourinho has questioned Barcelona’s mentality after the Spanish side collapsed against Liverpool in spectacular 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.
“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,’ Mourinho said on beIN SPORTS.
“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.”