Messi and Piqué both underwent an anti-doping test after tonight’s match. The team’s next training session is scheduled for Wednesday at 11:00, behind closed doors, at the Ciutat Esportiva Sant Joan Despí. Cuenca will give a post-training press conference.
Contained joy in the Barça dressing room. After beating Milan in the quarterfinals of the Champions League, the Clués are already focusing on the next round of the competition: the semifinals. “We can’t be satisfied with just this. A team of this quality needs to be happy if they win titles. We have a very difficult semifinal coming up, if we win it we can be happy. Until then, we need to be cautious because we are still one step away,” said Dani Alves. However, the Barça defender refused to say which team he’d prefer to play against in the next round: “we aren’t the ones who decide, we’ll have to prepare well against whoever we we’re matched up with. At this point in the competition any team is difficult to beat.”
Praise for his teammates
“It was a grand night, a fantastic response from my teammates. Today, more than ever, I’m very proud to be part of this great family called Barça,” said Dani Alves on his Twitter account. The defender also weighed in of the attitude of Guardiola’s team: “we knew that we had a great team in front of us and that the tie was difficult but the team responded perfectly.
“I liked the team’s good play and the disposition of my teammates,” said Alves who is happy that Barça eliminated “a historic team.” He added, “the result is in accordance with the chances we created. We were magnificent.”
Here are the statements made by the FC Barcelona players after the match:
“In general, we put in a great performance on defence despite conceding a goal. They practically didn’t have any goalscoring chances, that’s due to the defensive work of the whole team.
“This is how the manager prepared the match. We had to create a lot of chances and we knew that we had to score a lot of goals.
“We started with a 3-4-3 because we needed players that would stretch out the field because Milan defends really well.
“I hope we can make it to our third final in four years. It would be great for the Club and for us. We need to be mentally strong. Regardless of who we have to play, whoever makes it to the semifinal deserves to be there and they will be difficult to beat. I have no preference.”