"It's hard to accept this elimination because we had a lot of hope for this season and once again it (the Champions League) has escaped us", the midfielder added.
"A failure without excuses", read Sport's front cover, with an editorial adding: "Valverde's fear leaves Barca without another Champions League in the era of Messi". "This is the toughest blow I've received in the whole time I've been at Barca because of how it happened". "I thought that when the game was equal, with them needing one more goal, there was enough experience in the team to see the game out", he said. Five-time European champions Barcelona were also beaten 3-0 at the quarter-final stage last season at Juventus. "I'd be lying if I said that this could help us in some way in the future, because a year ago we lost in a similar manner".
"We didn't adapt and we're disappointed to have been eliminated".More news: MotoGP: Marquez: 'Track conditions' cause of Rossi clash
"We want to be contending for the Champions League title year after year", Barcelona president Josep Bartomeu said. "It is a pat on the back for the academy staff that people like Scott [McTominay] and Marcus [Rashford] are going up there and we're not seeing them again".
Sources close to the player have revealed to Goal that there could be a change of mind at the last minute, with no announcement expected imminently and nothing likely to be made public until after he has transmitted his decision to the club at the end of this month.
"We always try to give the maximum but we are knocked out and now feel everyone's pain". Then they scored [again] early in the second half and at no moment were we capable of getting into the game because of how well they played.More news: Trump stands in Tweet from embattled EPA Pruitt
Although the loss in Rome ended Barcelona's chances of winning the treble, the team remains in good position to win the Spanish league and the Copa del Rey.
When asked if he will play Champions League football next season, Iniesta said: "It's a possibility [that this is my last game in the competition], but it's not the day to send messages, we are all hurt".
Leaders Barça will look to set a new all-time LaLiga record of 39 consecutive games unbeaten when they host Valencia at the Camp Nou on Saturday afternoon.More news: School bus plunges off cliff in India, killing 27