Barcelona's Pep Guardiola: We are one step closer to the Champions League final after Real Madrid victory

The Spanish tactician praised his side's efforts and declined to comment on Jose Mourinho's comments made towards referee Wolfgang Stark

Barcelona coach Pep Guardiola believes his side are one step closer to the Champions League final after their 2-0 victory against Real Madrid at the Bernabeu in the first-leg of their semi-final encounter.

However, the former midfielder refused to rule out Madrid, stating respect must be shown to Jose Mourinho's men.

A second-half double from Lionel Messi won the game for Barcelona after Pepe had been handed a straight red card for a challenge on Dani Alves.

"We are one step away from the final but we are not at Wembley yet. We respect Real Madrid a lot and we know they are capable of anything so we won't underestimate them," the 40-year-old told reporters after the game.

Guardiola was full of praise for his side especially proud that 12 of the players in the matchday squad emerging through the club's youth ranks.

"We played a very good game with a lot of control and balance. We also had agression, I am very pleased with my players," he said.

"We came here with 12 players from our youth academy, we're very proud of that fact. I believe we corrected some things we did wrong in the Cup [Copa del Rey] final. We're now 90 minutes from the Champions League final and we will try everything to get there."

The Barcelona tactician received plenty of attention in the build up to the game after publicly criticising opposite number Mourinho in his pre-match press-conference.

Madrid's coach predictably had opinions on the game after his side's 2-0 defeat, ranting about the referee and Barcelona yet Guardiola simply replied : "I have nothing to say."

Barcelona travel to the Basque region this weekend to play Real Sociedad before entertaining Madrid in the second-leg of their Champions League semi-final next Tuesday.

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