The one-all draw at the Camp Nou leaves the tie open, according to Xavi Hernández. “It’s wide open. We have to try to score goals there and that will lead us to victory,” said the midfielder. The FC Barcelona captain added that “the result isn’t good for us but Barça played well enough to win.” He added: “We had more goalscoring chances but they are well organised on defence and they don’t leave any space.”

The midfielder went on to say that Barça will “have to be very patient” in the return leg, scheduled for Wednesday 9 April at 8:45 PM CET, seeing that Atlético “are an intense team and it was very difficult for us to find space in the first half. In the second half, we had three or four good chances.” He added: “Unfortunately, they scored a great goal.”

Here are the statements made by some of the players after the game:


“Atlético have a great team and their players can really do damage. We competed against a very competitive side and we had clear chances to make it 2-1.”

“Because of Courtois we’re leaving with a draw. We’ll go to the Calderón to win. If we play the same way we played today, we’ll have our chances to win at the Calderón.”

José Manuel Pinto:

“I’ll have to watch the goal again but Diego pulled off a great shot and the ball went in the upper angle. When you concede a goal like that all you can do is congratulate [the shooter] but you should also analyse the play to see if you could have done something differently.”

“Some of the Atlético players shoot from distance and Diego did a good job. Courtois also made great saves and we didn’t win because of him.”

“Atlético have the advantage but we will not give up until the final minute. I approach each match like I always have, I maintain my excitement and I work hard. I’ve always been ready for my chance and I want to continue to enjoy each day.”

Neymar Jr:

“I hope my goal helps us qualify.”

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