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“We achieved our objective. To date it was one of the most complete games we’ve played. Hopefully this experience will help us in the future,” said Andrés Iniesta after this evening’s 4-0 victory over AC Milan. The midfielder added: “the team played brilliantly. When you have that kind of unity between the team and the fans games can be very long for our rivals at the Camp Nou.”

The comeback was a necessity

The Spanish footballer explained that the fightback was an absolute necessity after the result from the away leg: “we had an obligation to try and fight back and that’s what we did. The feelings we transmitted on the pitch were fantastic. When we show our identity, we’re very hard to beat.” He added: “at times things do go the way you had hoped. The season is very long and there’s time for everything. This Tuesday we had to be at 110%.”

General satisfaction

Each and every Barça player agreed that they had been superior to Milan, that the atmosphere at the stadium was simply magical and, most importantly, the team regained its essence.

Here are the statements made by some of the FC Barcelona players after the match:

DAVID VILLA

“We came out flying from the very beginning. We looked for our first goal from the starting whistle. We believed we could turn the tie around, and with that attitude a lot can be accomplished.”

“We’re very pleased for the fans. They have always believed in us and they haven’t criticised us along the way. This was for them.”

“Our joy is overwhelming. We need to enjoy this. I really don’t care who we face in the quarter-finals.”

JORDI ALBA

“This is a very important victory for us, so much was at stake. We suffered a lot in the final minutes of the game. Milan were looking for a goal.”

“We were great going forward and on defence. We saw the real FC Barcelona. They had a clear chance, Niang’s. Luckily, my goal was important.”

GERARD PIQUÉ

“We were lucky enough to score early and that helped us. We were superior to Milan from the start and we’re good enough to score goals.”

“The atmosphere was fantastic. The fans knew what we needed and we played well.”

DANI ALVES

“I think that, once again, the members and the fans left the stadium with a sense of pride. We aren’t the team that lost to Milan. We’re the team that won this evening. We pressured, created chances, etc.”

“This is the team’s identity. We know how to control the rhythm of the game. In this magical night we defeated a great rival. The response from this team in decisive matches is usually very good.”

Training session at 11.00

The first team will return to training at 11.00 at the Ciutat Esportiva Joan Gamper. Sergio Busquets will talk to the press after the session.

David Villa and Jordi Alba passes anti-doping tests after this evening's match against Milan.

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