Club chief has put the subject of the Madrid coach’s controversial comments on the club in the background
Barcelona president Sandro Rosell has reveled in his side’s march to the final of the Champions League after getting the better of Real Madrid in the last four. The 1-1 draw between the two teams in the second-leg at Camp Nou on Tuesday saw Pep Guardiola’s team win the semi-final tie 3-1 on aggregate.
Barca chief Rosell was in ecstatic mood after his team’s qualification for the final of Europe’s premier club competition for the second time in three years, and refused to discuss Jose Mourinho, who had accused the Catalan giants of getting favourable decisions from the referee last week.
“[Jose Mourinho] doesn't interest me,” he told reporters. “I'm interested in Barca, the fans, the coaches, our values and how successful we are at football. There's time for more. This is for all the fans, who feel proud of this marvelous club. I'm absolutely happy.
“I'm so happy that our fans behaved extraordinarily and in a civilised way. Our players are great - they were superb tonight, and with special affection for [Eric Abidal]. We have a wonderful coach, too. This was a triumph for football, and we won with our values.”
This will be Barcelona’s second appearance in the final of the Champions League in three years. They won the competition in 2009 and also won their first European Cup in 1992 at Wembley.
“This match is a great moment in the history of Barca,” enthused Rosell. “We're returning to Wembley, a very special place for us, we're in a Champions League final again, but of course we must also concentrate on the league.
“For Barcelona it's a fantastic night, it's magical, how it turned out. There is a communion between players, the coaches, the fans... you can't ask for more. I'm so happy, it's hard to explain, I don't know what else I can say.”
Barcelona could face Manchester United in the final as the Red Devils are 2-0 up in their semi-final tie against Schalke after the first-leg. Barca defeated Sir Alex Ferguson’s side 2-0 in the final in the 2008-09 campaign.