Wednesday April 3 2013
Roura: It was a good result

Jordi Roura was optimistic after Barcelona’s 2-2 draw with Paris Saint-Germain, commenting that the result is good to take into the second leg.

Barca twice took the lead in this Champions League quarter-final, only to see goals from Lionel Messi and Xavi Hernandez cancelled out by Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Blaise Matuidi.

“It’s a good result. We’re a bit disappointed with the result seeing how the match played out, we had the game won despite the adversities,” reflected assistant Coach Roura post-match.

“We’re going to approach the return leg like we always do, we have to try to score to make the match more difficult for them - they feel the weight of the stadium and of our fans.

“We will go out to win the match.

“PSG didn’t surprise me. We knew about their potential going into the match, they are physical and fast. We knew it was going to be a difficult match.”

Focus post-match is also on the referee, after the award of Ibrahimovic’s goal from an offside position.

“There were some questionable calls, I’m sure these decisions did not benefit us. We must dispense with this, because things are as they are.

“We have to move forward and put these decisions aside. In Milan their first goal came from a blatant handball that the referee did not see, today this rule about injured players saw us lose our centre-back and full-back on a big play, where two injured players should not leave the pitch.

“And then Ibra’s goal came in an offside.”

Javier Mascherano is ruled out for six weeks after sustaining a knee injury on the night, whilst Lionel Messi could also face a spell on the sidelines with a hamstring strain.

“We’ll find out how serious the injuries are, I think that’s the most important thing.

“Messi has a small issue with his hamstring and we don’t know how severe it is and Mascherano sustained a MCL tear in his right knee.

“If they can’t play it will be negative for us, but other players will step up and they will prove why they deserve to be here. We have a large squad.”

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