'Blood, sweat and tears' not enough for beaten Barca

Remigio Civitarese
Aprile 20, 2017

Barcelona's errors in last week's 3-0 defeat by Juventus still weighed heavily on coach Luis Enrique's mind after his side were held to a 0-0 draw in Wednesday's quarterfinal second leg which sealed their elimination from the Champions League.

As if to compound it, for all their huffing and puffing, Luis Enrique's charges recorded just one shot on target throughout the entire evening - the first time they've produced so little attacking threat in a Champions League match since 2009.

We tried. We had a good attitude and the players were ambitious but the ball didn't want to go in.

"We should have been calmer and sharper when spreading their play, but it's not easy to do that here, as Barcelona are a completely different team at home".

"We showed real conviction and personality to come here and play the way we did. There were certain periods, particularly in defence, when we showed we're a real team".

Gianluigi Buffon has named Atletico Madrid the one side Juventus are hoping to avoid when the Champions League semi-final draw takes place on Friday. I think that's essential if you want to get the best out of yourself and improve.

"It makes me proud to be part of this club and emotional to see that even though we lost".

Veteran Barcelona defender Gerard Pique admitted they were second best in the tie. "We didn't have so many chances to pass (on Wednesday night)". Alves told reporters post-match.

In the other match of the night, Monaco defeated Borussia Dortmund 3-1 to seal a fine performance that saw them win with an aggregate score of 6-3. Teenager Kylian Mbappe and forward Radamel Falcao struck early to put Monaco on its way.

"We created several chances but we had such a hard task".

This came a week after the first leg was delayed a day following a bomb blast on the team's bus which left Spanish player Marc Bartra with a broken wrist.

Madrid rivals- Real and Atletico outshined their opponents Bayern Munich and Leicester City to book their semis spot.

"At this level you can not set limits for your players. France isn't used to having teams reach this stage of the competition". "It's a great opportunity", he added.

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