Slavia Prague boss Jindrich Trpisovsky expressed his pride at his players following their scoreless draw at Barcelona.
The Czech champions held the Blaugrana to a 0-0 draw at the Camp Nou with an outstanding performance in which for large patches they were the stronger side.
Slavia were unfortunate to fall to a defeat to Ernesto Valverde’s side in the reverse fixture in Prague a fortnight ago and were denied a memorable win at Inter in the first matchday by a last gasp equaliser.
Home fans voiced their displeasure at the full-time whistle on Tuesday with the visiting Czech side a superior team and creating chances themselves to pick up all three points.
“To be here is a very powerful thing. It is a great honour for me to be here. I would like to congratulate our management,”Trpisovsky told reporters after the game, as cited by Marca.
“My feelings are very similar to those of our fans. When you see everything on TV, it is one thing. When you go through the tunnel and see the stadium, live and direct, it's impressive, it's a great feeling – I will remember many of these things forever.
“In some phases we were without the ball more than we would have liked, but we have done everything possible – the maximum.
“It is a great honour for us to have played here but we have shown that we are not at all out of place.
“Of course, the result it will give us strength for the future. We teach children that if we work hard, we can play as a team. Following these instructions, we can achieve good results.
“At a minimum, we have to keep our honour and ensure the opponent is focused. Our goalkeeper has made several good stops. What has also happened to us is that sometimes there have been long passes that we haven't finished. It's about taking advantage of these opportunities.”