‘Little things will decide Atleti tie’

Jose Manuel Pinto has admitted that ‘little things’ will decide Barcelona’s Champions League clash with Atletico Madrid.

The Blaugrana go to Vicente Calderon on Wednesday for the second leg of their European Cup quarter-final.

And with the score level at 1-1 from the first game, the goalkeeper has conceded that his men have to be at their best to overcome the League leaders.

“The other day was a very hard game, and we had to work very hard,” he told Barca TV.

“For the return leg we will be in perfect shape. It will be very even, just like here.

“Small details will make the difference. We hope to handle these details the best.”

The shot-stopper then commented on the news that the Catalan side will not be allowed to buy players for the next two transfer windows after breaking rules regarding the signing of under-18 players.

“We try to put [off-field issues] to one side, although it’s true that there is a fairly strange atmosphere, some strange things are going on.

“We are staying focussed and trying to let these things not affect us in any way, but it hurts what’s happening to the club.”

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