Leo Messi after converting his penalty at the Arsenal Stadium / MIGUEL RUIZ - FCB

Leo Messi, Sergio Busquets, Dani Alves and Luis Suárez spoke to the media after a marvellous night in London, and not surprisingly, they were all full of smiles.

Leo Messi

“It was a very good result against a great team, who have some really good players. I’m delighted with the result. We’ve played Arsenal several times and we know what they are capable of doing. The tie is not over but we’ve got two away goals, and that’s not easy to do.”

“Arsenal did very well in the first half, with some help, but we knew they wouldn’t be able to keep that pace up all the way. In the second half, we had more space and that’s how we got the first goal.

“At the Camp Nou, we‘ll go out to win, as we do at every ground.”

Sergio Busquets

"I took a knock in the first half but I managed to get by. We’re really happy with the result we got. They were strong physically, but little by little we gained control of the game. 2-0 sets us up nicely for the second leg in Barcelona.”

"When Arsenal created pressure, they also left a lot of space at the back. They wanted to take risks, but we did too, and that’s how we opened the scoring.”

"We have a lot of respect for Arsenal because they’re a great team. They have some top class players that can score at any moment.”

Dani Alves

"We’re very happy with the way the game went. But we also know there is still another game to play at the Camp Nou".

"What really motivates us is being able to play in games like this wearing the Barça shirt".

Luis Suárez

“Stats are there to be broken. What we do is play football, do what we have to do and get results. Now we have to focus on our league matches and when the time comes, finish off this game.”

Training on Friday

The team have been rewarded with two days off from duty, and will be back at the Ciutat Esportiva Joan Gamper for training on Friday at 11.00am CET. It will be held behind closed doors and will not be followed by a press conference.

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