Thursday, 6 December 2012

Jesus proud of Benfica's Camp Nou display

Jorge Jesus, Benfica coach
We didn't win, but we played very well. Not many teams have done what we did here at the Camp Nou. During the first half we had a strategy that paid off but was very tiring. In the second half we felt we could score − Nolito almost did after the break and Maxi Pereira missed at the end. When the Celtic match was 1-1 we believed we could score, but I must congratulate my players.
Our supporters must realise what we did in the biggest stadium in the world against the best team. For this to be a perfect night only a victory is missing. Maybe Barcelona had more of the ball than we did, but it was possession without end product. Benfica were the better team. Now we have a word to say in the Europa League.
Tito Vilanova, Barcelona coach
Messi's injury is a blow, but until we do more tests we don't know more. Our initial feeling is that it is nothing more than a [minor] blow. We don't know for what length of time he will be out. We had spoken about him coming on in the second half – if it was about the [Gerd Müller] record he would have played from the beginning.
It was not an easy game. They knew they had to get a result to progress and they pressed hard. They have a very good team and last year they nearly eliminated Chelsea, who went on to become champions.

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