Jimenez proud despite defeat

Real Zaragoza boss Manolo Jimenez praised his players despite their 3-1 loss to Barcelona at Camp Nou.

A first half strike from Paco Montanes was not enough for the Manos as a Lionel Messi brace and a solitary strike from Alex Song gave the Blaugrana all three points.

But the 48-year-old Coach complimented his players after the final whistle, as well as commending the home side.

“We played a great game,” he told reporters. “But unfortunately we played against an even better opponent.

“Praise has to go to Lionel Messi – he decided the game. He's a very smart footballer both on and off the ball.

“When he has the ball, he's like an alien.”

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