Shakhtar Donetsk coach Mircea Lucescu: I hope Barcelona win the Champions League

Ukrainian team's boss congratulates the opposition for their comprehensive victory over the two legs in the quarter-finals of Europe’s premier club competition

Shakhtar Donetsk coach Mircea Lucescu is graceful in accepting his side's defeat to Barcelona in the quarter-finals of the Champions League, and hopes that the Spanish club win the competition this season.

The Ukrainian champions went down 1-0 at home in the second-leg of their quarter-final tie to go out of the last eight 6-1 on aggregate.

Lucescu had no complaint after his side’s comprehensive defeat over the two legs, and is quoted by as saying: "I congratulate Barcelona for qualifying and I hope that they win the Champions League.

"This was a spectacular match. In spite of the large number of players missing from our side, we had more chances than any team should normally have against Barcelona.

"This was a great opportunity to play against Barca, and this will be a useful experience for our young team for next season.”

Shakhtar’s appearance in the last eight of the Champions League this season was their first in history.

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