Sergi Roberto: 'We never stopped believing'
Postgame reactions in the wake of a triumph that will long be remembered
What exactly does the surprise hero have to say after scoring the goal that many never thought was even possible?
“I went all out for the ball and then I saw that the goalkeeper wasn’t going to stop it,” said FC Barcelona’s Sergi Roberto, who came on for Rafinha in the 77th minute and scored the goal heard round the world, a 95th minute strike that game Barça a 6–5 aggregate win (HIGHLIGHTS, MATCH REPORT) in what was perhaps the greatest comeback in the history of major pro sports.
“It looked grim after they scored to make it 3–1 for us, but we did the job,” he said. “We never stopped believing.”
With a victory of such historic proportions — Barça lost the first leg of this Champions League last 16 clash with Paris Saint-Germain, 4–0, three weeks ago in Paris — there was no shortage of players lined up to give their take on a triumph that will long be remembered.
"We have witnessed a historic act.”
"We knew we could sow doubts in our opponents if we scored early."
"We never stopped believing — it was virtually impossible but it happened."
"We haven’t won anything yet, we have a long way to go [in the Champions League]."
"What happened to PSG could have happened to any team."
“We’ve seen comebacks but never anything like this.”
“They tried to bury us, and one day we’ll give up the throne, but today we proved that we’re still the best.”
“Anyone who stopped believing should go back and try again.”
“Their goal to make it 3–1 was a big blow, but a miracle occurred. It's a lesson for life — there is always a way.”
“We had the patience to keep our hopes up, but it was nuts.”
“This is proof that you have to play the games.”