Villa: Barca had to suffer

David Villa reflected that the nature of the Champions League meant that Barcelona were set to suffer in trying to beat Paris Saint-Germain.

La Blaugrana struggled to record a 1-1 result on Wednesday evening against a positive French side, but it was enough to eliminate them 3-3 on aggregate with the away goals rule.

“They hurt us on the counter but despite their chances and our errant passes in the first half, I think we played a good match,” reflected Villa afterwards.

“We’re pleased that we’re going to the next round and that we are still in the Champions League.

“When you’re in a competition like this one, against a rival like PSG, you have to know how to suffer in order to move forward.”

Lionel Messi came off the bench to contribute, a week on from suffering a thigh injury in the first leg quarter-final.

“Leo is the best player in the world and we have to congratulate him for his gesture of dedication and commitment.

“The semi-final? It will be complicated regardless of who we play against. We’ll have to prepare ourselves well when we know who our rival is.”

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