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Martino: Barcelona can beat anyone

The Blaugrana boss praised his side's opponent and feels that the two victories this team picked up over the Premier League side show it can beat anyone in the Champions League.

Barcelona coach Gerardo Martino says his side's victory over Manchester City in the Champions League is evidence the Catalans can beat any team they face.

The Spanish side progressed to the quarterfinals as it defeated Manuel Pellegrini's men 2-1 in Camp Nou on Wednesday, winning 4-1 on aggregate.

The Barca coach said his team came up against a formidable opponent in the second round tie and feels the fact that it emerged victorious in both legs shows that it can beat any side in the competition.

"We won 4-1 with two wins against a very good opponent collectively and individually," he told reporters after the game. "When we play like that we can beat any opponent.

"Tonight we faced the best rivals we could have been drawn against and a team who could have gone further in the tournament. The game was one that needed to be overcome."

The 51-year-old then praised City and admitted Barca struggled to deal with the English team at times.

"There were moments in which we had control and others in which we struggled. City played more of the game 11 against 11 and they were more dangerous then.

"It was predictable that City would have the ball at certain points. We didn't feel at ease when not in possession and we struggled at dead-ball situations.

"Manchester City are not a team you want to be sharing possession with and that's why we played the way we did tonight. It's probable that we will [continue] to play that way when we come up against sides who can work the ball around well."

Martino then went on to thank his team's fans for the support they showed throughout the 90 minutes. 

"We not only have to single out the presence of our supporters tonight – their attitude and backing of the team [was also impressive]. We really needed that and I think it was an acknowledgement of these players who have given so much to this team."

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