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Hat-trick hero Emmanuel Boateng hailed by Levante boss after Barcelona demolition

Hat-trick hero Emmanuel Boateng hailed by Levante boss after Barcelona demolition”

Barcelona was playing without Lionel Messi, left out of the squad by Ernesto Valverde to rest ahead of a demanding summer for the Argentina forward at the World Cup.

"We are not feeling good, we really wanted to end the season without losing, but we had a very hard game against a highly motivated team and, when you concede five goals, you don't deserve to win", Barca midfielder Philippe Coutinho, whose first hat-trick for the club was in vain, told reporters.

"It was not a good day for us".

Do you think Valverde is to blame for Barca's defeat on Sunday? His team, however, were cut wide open by a rampant home side.

"It's not normal for us to concede five goals".

Ghanaian Emmanuel Boateng hit a hat-trick and Enis Bardhi struck twice to end the champions' hopes of ending the La Liga season unbeaten.

Philippe Coutinho took centre stage with a treble of his own as the Blaugrana made a decent fist of the comeback and Luis Suarez made it 5-4 from the penalty spot with 19 minutes to play.

"It was a very hard game, it was very open and we came back and nearly pulled it off but now it's over".

"It's a shame to lose (the unbeaten season), but don't forget that we've won the league", Busquets said. "We had just two games left so losing like this makes today a hard day for us, but winning the league was the most important thing".

"I told you that he was a boy with a lot of desire to improve, with an enormous attitude and with very important conditions for football".

"If you're going to go to week 37 with that record in mind, and then play that team, with two games to go and leave out Messi, who's not even on the bench and didn't travel, I don't understand", Gibson told LaLiga Weekly.

"I can't see them getting any closer (to going a season unbeaten)".



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