Xavi Llorens watching the game on a wet day in the Miniestadi | VÍCTOR SALGADO - FCB

Xavi Llorens looked very satisfied during his press conference following his team's safe passage into the round of 16 of the UEFA Women's Champions League. The 2-1 victory in the return leg was played in a deluge making playing conditions less than ideal. “The players put in a real shift today and I want to congratulate them.”

Llorens was impressed with his team's attitude and highlighted how it was “impossible to play football properly in the second half.” The Catalans did manage to score twice in response to a somewhat fortunate opening goal that had put Minsk ahead at the start of the half. 

Barça's 3-0 victory in the first leg gave them a comfortable lead going into this fixture and Llorens saw no reason to doubt his team would make it through to the next round. “On the pitch we were so superior that it was difficult to get nervous.” 

The coach spoke of the physicality on display from a tough Minsk team but rejected the idea that this might have tired his team out: “I have lots of rested players and a great medical team who will make sure that those who played today are ready for the next game.”

The Barça coach is often reluctant to speak of individuals but he did single out Andressa Alves for praise after her performance. “She gave us a lesson in how to play effective and attractive football today.” The Brazilian opened her account for the Catalans and this was a fitting reward for an impressive all-round performance.

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