Spartak Moscow midfielder Aiden McGeady has admitted that it was 'difficult' to play against Barcelona after his side succumbed to a narrow 3-2 defeat in the Champions League on Wednesday evening.
Speaking to reporters after the game, McGeady stressed that the Russian side 'played well', but that Barcelona were always going to create chances.
"It was a very difficult game. We were close to winning," he said. "Close, but you always know Barcelona will have chances. They came in the second half and they took them."
The Republic of Ireland international was instrumental in setting up Spartak's second goal, but a Lionel Messi double at the end of the game cancelled out the lead and condemned his side to defeat.
"We played well," continued McGeady. "We passed the ball quickly and well. Barcelona are one of the best teams in the world, have the best players, so that's been the main deciding factor.
"This could have been a good start but it's very difficult to come to the Camp Nou and win," he concluded.