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Montoya in action / PHOTO: MIGUEL RUIZ-ÀLEX CAPARRÓS-FCB

With the team full of reserve players, FC Barcelona thrashed the Bielorussian champion, BATE Borisov 4-0. The lads from the reserve side showed their quality and the two Barça B players, Montoya and Sergi Roberto, were able to score two of the four goals.

On the day of his Champions League debut, Martín Montoya, scored his first goal for the first team. The Barça player explained what it felt like to play in the Champions League and to score his first goal: “I’m very happy with my play in second half, because I was able to go up more, playing on the attack is what I like. It’s been a while since I’ve scored a goal and to score for the first team is the best.”

The Barça B players happy to have played in the Champions League

Montoya wasn’t the only reserve side player to play tonight. Up to nine Barça B players played against BATE Borisov. The Barça defender explained that “all the reserve players are very happy  to have played in the Champions League . . . it was an important game that we had to win, Barça is always obligated to win. It was also a game to enjoy and that’s what we did.” Montoya also said that playing with players from the reserve side “made it easier” but he also added that playing with first team players is “also very easy.”

Impressions and reactions of the FC Barcelona players after the match:

Pedro:

“Scoring is always good, it gives you confidence, I’ve had a couple of difficult weeks because of my injury. I’m happy that I was able to help the team.”

“The reserves are very strong, the players did a great job, they came up with a lot of strength and you can tell they want to stay with the first team.”

Pinto:

“The youngsters came with their lessons learned, they are quality, we’ll enjoy watching them play. I can only tell them to do what they always do.”

“You really don’t guess the outcome of a game before you play it. We played a great match, that’s because of the youngsters. It would be difficult to imagine a result like this one before the game.”

Bartra:

“It’s a satisfaction for us to play here, in this stadium, in front of these people, and have the coach give you that kind of confidence.”

“The fact that we are here is what we like. Once you do something that you like you forget the rest. The coach gives us guidance.”

Training session, Wednesday at 11:00

The first team will train this Wednesday at 11:00 at the Ciutat Esportiva, Xavi Hernández will attend the post-training press conference

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