A point apiece at Mestalla, thanks to Garay and Leo Messi. Their goals ensured a 1-1 draw in a match that was difficult, but that Barça dominated despite not getting the win. "We had control of the game, but we lacked that cutting edge,” said Ernesto Valverde. ”They had eight players near their area and we couldn’t lose sight of the other two. We didn’t want to allow them dangerous counter attacks, and we tried to score more, but without any luck."
Despite Garay's opener, Valverde was satisfied with the reaction of his players. “The team came out with the mentality that it should have,” he added. "But they were great defensively, and we missed chances.”