FC Barcelona manager Ernesto Valverde had plenty to say after tonight’s goalless draw in Greece. Here’s a selection of post-match comments following his return to his former club:

"We were lacking a goal. We tried to get closer to their area on the basis of longer possession. But they did a great job in defence and tried to hit us on the counter attack, spurred on by their fans."

"You could see what amazing people there are here. We wanted to secure qualification but we failed. It was still a step forward, but not the one we wanted. The players emptied their tanks out there".

"The answer to everything is how well our opponents played. They stuck tight together as a unit. We were up against an opponent that did their job well from start to finish.”

"I always had this atmosphere in my favour and today it was against me. I know what the Champions League means to these fans because I’ve experienced it myself many times. It may have come as a surprise to people coming from Barcelona, even though everyone knows how intense Greek football support can be. It was extraordinary. Really nice.”

Sergio Busquets also spoke to the media after the final whistle, and agreed with Valverde in that “we played well but it’s very difficult against any team that defends as well as that. But it was no major setback. We are still very well poised to qualify for the next round.”

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