The forward proved to be crucial against PSG as his goal sealed qualification for FC Barcelona to the next round of the competition
Piqué, Alves, Bartra, Villa and Iniesta highlighted Messi's contribution to the team
Anti-doping tests for Messi and Cesc
After the match against Paris Saint-Germain, Leo Messi and Cesc Fàbregas passed an anti-doping test.
The team will train this Thursday at the Ciutat Esportiva.
He works hard throughout the entire game, he wins possession back, he assists his teammates and he simply doesn’t stop. Pedro Rodríguez is the type of player that any team would love to have on their roster. But the forward also has another quality that makes him special: in big matches, in the moment of truth, he’s decisive.
Yesterday evening, a goal from the Spanish forward with 20 minutes to go in the match against PSG sealed qualification for FC Barcelona to the semi-finals of the Champions League. After the match, Pedro said: “we deserve to be in the semi-finals.” The player went on to say that PSG “are a great rival, like any team that make it this deep in the competition.”
Lastly, Pedro had words for Leo Messi: “he worked very hard all week to be with us tonight. We need to thank him and congratulate him for helping the team, he’s the best.”
Here are the statements made by some of the Barça players after the match:
“They hurt us on the counter but despite their chances and our errant passes in the first half, I think we played a good match. We’re pleased that we’re going to the next round and that we are still in the Champions League.”
“Leo is the best player in the world and we have to congratulate him for his gesture of dedication and commitment.”
“The semi-final will be complicated regardless of who we play against. We’ll have to prepare ourselves well when we know who our rival is.”
“When you’re in a competition like this one, against a rival like PSG, you have to know how to suffer in order to move forward.”
“PSG are a great team with great players, we came into the match knowing that it would be difficult.”
“They also wanted the ball and that forced our defence to cede ground to them."
“There are few teams that come to the Camp Nou and play like they did.”
“When we talk about Leo we’re talking about the best player in the world and when he’s on your team and things aren’t going well, you need to use him. Even though he was practically limping, with him on the pitch, his eagerness to play and ours, the overall game changes.”
“In Europe you have to suffer and even more so when you go up against a team like PSG.”
“I was aware that it was an important moment for the team and it was my turn to go in."
“In the semi-finals we’ll play like we always have in order to get to the final. It will be difficult no matter who we play against, but we’ll give 100% to be in the final. We know that from now on each match is a final.”
“It’s difficult to defend against players like Ibrahimovic and Lavezzi, but I’ve been working for years to be able to do it. However, when you play alongside these Barça players, everything is easier.”
“We knew that it would be a difficult match, they had little to lose and a lot to win, but we took advantage of our chances.”
“They gave it their all and they made it difficult for us, but we knew that we would have to suffer if we wanted to get to the next round.”
“We’re going through a pretty terrible period of injuries to our back line. But if we want meet our objectives we have to overcome these problems.”
“It was a match worthy of the quarter-finals of the Champions League, we went up against a great team with great players and in the end we achieved our objective.”
“There are three great teams in the semi-finals, it doesn’t matter who we go up against. We know that we’re just a step away from the final.”