Roura: Paris Saint-Germain tie did not distract Barcelona

The Blaugrana stand-in boss is adamant that the looming European clash had no effect on the club's performance on Saturday.
Jordi Roura has insisted that Barcelona was not distracted by its looming Champions League clash with Paris Saint-Germa after drawing 2-2 with Celta Vigo.

The Blaugrana face the Ligue 1 leader at Parc des Princes on Tuesday in the first leg of their quarter-final draw, and a number of key players - such as Andres Iniesta and Carles Puyol - were rested from the starting lineup; however, Roura, the club's stand-in manager, rejected suggestions that his side had one eye on its European encounter while playing the Primera Division strugglers.

"Tuesday is an important game, but we did not have our heads in Paris. We knew [the match against Celta] was going to be difficult," Roura told the club's official website. "We dominated the second half, but this is football. We gave everything, but in the end we just couldn't do it."

Barca starlet Marc Bartra was given a rare start in defense, and the 22-year-old was thankful to center back Gerard Pique for his guidance throughout the Celta game and looked ahead to their tie with Carlo Ancelotti's men.

"Pique has helped me a lot, he’s a leader for me and we understand each other well when we play together," Bartra said. "It’s important to get more playing time. I was more comfortable in the second half.

"We knew that Celta had won most of their points this season at home and that they’d make it difficult for us.

"Now it’s time to think about the match in Paris. We need to move on from today’s game, and hopefully everything will work out well."

Barca is 13 points ahead of Real Madrid with nine games to play in La Liga and is looking increasingly likely to reclaim the title which Jose Mourinho's side took from them last season.

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