Robert Fernandez calls for belief that Barcelona can recover their Champions League Quarter-Final with Juventus.
The Catalans were beaten 3-0 in Turin and Luis Enrique was among those who post-match appeared to question the chance of a second against-the-odds comeback in as many rounds, but Fernandez was more positive.
“This was different [than Paris Saint-Germain]. They are more expert and the start of the game hurt us,” the technical secretary told TV3, AS reports.
“At 1-0 we had a chance and then in the second half we had chances. But they made it 3-0 and the situation makes you panic.
“We have to believe in the team because at any moment it is possible to overcome such an adverse result. We have to be confident in their possibilities.”
He also spoke of the difficulties the second leg is likely to bring, predicting a packed Juventus defence at Camp Nou.
“There’s no shame in accumulating players near the penalty area and with a result like they have had it’s easy to manage the situation,” he admitted.
“It will force us to come forward. We have to take risks, the result isn’t in our favour. We did it today looking for a goal but the result is there. In front of our people and in our stadium, we have to believe in them.”
Robert also touched on Marc Bartra, Borussia Dortmund’s former Barca defender who was wounded in an explosion targeted at the team bus prior to the game against Monaco.
“I want to send a message of support to him and his family. Fortunately it’s not serious but it did frighten us,” he said.