Dani Alves said this Wednesday that “it was a very tough day for us” and he added that “we played against a team that has been playing like this for a while and we have to congratulate them. They bet on this style of play and it worked out. They leave the pitch dry, they slow the pace of the game down and they look to get in behind you and hit you on the counter attack.”

The left back explained that the team tried “everything possible to fight back” and that “perhaps we could have scored a goal,” but “Atlético deserved to win the tie.”

The following are statements made by some of the Barça players after the match:

Jordi Alba:

“They were the better team in the opening minutes and after that we took control of the match, but we didn’t know how to get into their area. It’s very difficult to beat a rival (that plays this way), now we have to win the Liga and the Copa del Rey.”

“It’s hard to beat Atlético because of how they play. After 20 minutes, the intensity was the same for both teams. We have to forget about this game and start over. We don’t like to lose these games, especially in a competition like this one.”

Xavi Hernández:

“We have to watch the game again, but we had four or five chances that we normally finish. I think the team was brave and deserved to tie and play extra time.”

“We’ve played good games and we could have scored goals in both legs, the tie got away from us because we didn’t take advantage of our chances. I congratulate Atlético Madrid.”

Andrés Iniesta:

“Atlético deserved to go through because they took advantage of their chances. Like in the first 20 minutes, they pressured us and they took advantage. We tried to score until the end of the game.”

“The Champions League is a very good competition and it’s a shame that we didn’t make the semi-finals. There aren’t many league games left to win the title and we have a final in Granada this weekend and on Wednesday in the Cup.”

“We have to thank the people who came out to cheer us on, we have to fight for what’s left.”

Marc Bartra:

“I think we fought well and in the second half we didn’t give up at any point. The team worked hard and now we have to think about the league and the final of the Cup.”

“We’re sad because we put a lot of effort in. If we win the Cup, the season will have been a good one.”

Xavi and Montoya pass anti-doping tests

After the match against Atlético, Xavi and Montoya passed anti-doping tests in the Vicente Calderón

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