"The Champions is the fruit of the dessert for everyone, but we are aware that to get it you have to be good in LaLiga and in the Cup; if not, it is not given to you. Changing the chip is not so easy. We can not ignore any. " So ambitious was Messi, acclaimed by the English press and especially by the various commentators, most former players, such as Gary Lineker, after his exhibition at Wembley.
The 10 was plethoric for the performance of his team, "for having managed possession and time, for our superiority, for everything." "We did a great match," he finished. "The first time was extraordinary. We had bad luck with the goals against, with the clubs – he adds nine in ten games -, and yet we overcame everything; we were aware of the importance of the appointment against a difficult opponent and in a field like Wembley. "
The example of Messi spread in the Barça. "It is the best in the world", stressed Jordi Alba. "We already know how attacking and defensively he has been spectacular, running as the most, and if Leo runs, the others already know that we have to grit our teeth. We have been a supportive team. Leo makes us better to everything, "insisted the left side of Barça.
"If we played all the matches at the same level as this one, we would win all the competitions every year, but it's not easy", finished Alba. "It is clear that the team is for these big dates." The joy of Jordi Alba and Messi contrasted with the bad humor of Arturo Vidal, reflected in a message on social networks, and the dejection of Dembélé on leaving the field despite the 2-4.
Both were marked in some way after the eleven that formed last night served very well against Tottenham. Valverde, in any case, insisted that "nothing has changed, we are the same team that tries to dominate the matches and take the initiative. Soccer is the way it is; sometimes they play some, and sometimes others do. The results do not always accompany; this time it was yes in London. "
"It was an intense match, a point even more than we expected," the Barcelona coach continued. "Tottenham have put a lot of strength into the game and we were trying to get out with the ball played from behind. And we created enough situations of goal to win and not have suffered so much. What happens is that you always suffer in the Champions. "
The Barca coach personalized in Arthur, indicated as one of the best of the match, able to give temper to his team: "We hope that everyone will trust him; his qualities come in handy, because he ensures many passes, he does not lose the ball and he allows us to dominate the game ". And, of course, he referred to Messi: "He comes from scoring three goals to PSV a few days ago. And on top of that he has had bad luck with those two poles. We were all waiting for his goal and he has made two. He is happy and that is what interests us ".
"The points count a lot in this game we had marked", finished Valverde, aware that Inter had won in Eindhoven (1-2). "They drive us for all competitions. The season is very long and on Sunday we expect another very demanding match in Valencia. " "We wanted to show our interest in the Champions," said Rakitic.
The Croatian, a good friend of Modric, also claimed the status of Messi's number one: "With all the respect to those who win prizes, we all know that there is a different one that is Messi. Yes, Modric did a very good season and maybe people want to change, but the best of all is Messi. "