Wednesday, March 12, 2014
The former Spain international praised the coach for his management after the weekend's defeat and says the Blaugrana deserved the victory.
Lionel Messi eased the tension at Barcelona to knock Manchester City out of the Champions League, while Paris Saint Germain saw off Bayer Leverkusen to seal a quarterfinal berth.
The Blaugrana boss praised his side's opponent and feels that the two victories this team picked up over the Premier League side show it can beat anyone in the Champions League.
The Argentina international says his side was never in danger against Manchester City and insists it is still in the race for La Liga.
The Leverkusen midfielder spoke of his regret at missing a penalty, while coach Sami Hyypia insisted his team will be back in the Champions League next year.
The midfielder says the Blaugrana showed they remain a force to be reckoned with after reaching the quarterfinals of the Champions League on Wednesday
The Manchester City captain was aggrieved that the referee failed to award a spot kick after Edin Dzeko was brought down by Gerard Pique inside the box
Goal was on hand to see Barca squeeze past the Citizens at Camp Nou, with Lionel Messi looking back to his best, contributing a neat goal to an otherwise impressive performance
Goals from Marquinhos and Ezequiel Lavezzi ensure les Parisiens secure a spot in the Champions League quarterfinals after Sidney Sam's shock opener for the visitors.
The Premier League giants gave a spirited display but were undone by the Argentine superstar and Dani Alves late on, with a red card for Pablo Zabaleta compounding their misery
Sami Hyypia's side took the lead on the night but the Ligue 1 champions came from behind to win and confirm their place in the last eight.
The French midfielder says Manuel Pellegrini's men have nothing to fear as they attempt to overturn a two-goal deficit at Camp Nou.
The former Barcelona boss has accused Arsene Wenger's side of merely waiting for the Bavarians to lose the ball in the hope of hitting their hosts on the counterattack
The Belgian believes the memory of Sergio Aguero's last-gasp goal to beat QPR and snatch the Premier League from Manchester United can provide the inspiration his team needs
The 21-year-old says he is flattered by the view that he would be the perfect replacement for the veteran midfielder but states that he could not be happier at Paris Saint-Germain
After the second leg at the Allianz Arena the Arsenal boss labeled the Dutchman "a great player and a very good diver" - a comment the player feels lacked class
Tuesday, March 11, 2014
There were no battling comebacks in the Champions League last 16 second legs as Arsenal and AC Milan failed to overturn first-leg deficits and crashed out of the competition.
The Frenchman was unhappy with the winger's conduct as his side bowed out of the Champions League.
The Spanish coach said his side was better over the two legs despite not playing with his strongest XI for the return at the Allianz Arena.
The former midfielder spoke of a psychological weakness in his side after its defeat to Diego Simeone's men and insists he doesn't regret taking over the Italian club.