Iniesta shifts focus to El Clasico after Champions League exit
- Author: Julie Sanders Apr 20, 2017,
Apr 20, 2017, 20:42
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Barcelona kept on trying, with Messi again going close and Sergi Roberto shooting just wide as to their enormous credit Barcelona kept on pushing for a miracle which looked increasingly unlikely with every passing minute.
Barcelona defender Gerard Pique accepted Juventus were the better team in their Champions League tie and deserved to reach the semi-finals.
Barcelona boss Luis Enrique welcomed back Sergio Busquets with the Catalans needing another remarkable comeback to oust Italian champions Juventus and reach the Champions League semi-finals at the Camp Nou on Wednesday.
But if they are kept apart when the last-four draw takes place in Nyon on Friday, he thinks supporters of Diego Simeone's side would be dreading the prospect of progressing to face Real, who beat them in both the 2014 final and last season's showpiece. "It makes me proud".
Barcelona's best early chance came in the 20th minute, when Messi had a chance fall to him in the center of the box, but he uncharacteristically shanked his effort wide of the post.
"We created a lot of chances but couldn't get the shots on target", said Luis Enrique, who made his final Champions League appearance with Barcelona before leaving the club at the end of the season.
"This side deserves praise for how we approach every game, whether we're playing Barcelona or Pescara".
Atletico will be trying to win its first European Cup title and put an end to an uncomfortable streak of runner-up finishes.
"It's a hard moment but we have to stand up and keep working", Suarez said.
Messi again came close in the 56th minute after working more space in a forward position, but the Argentine's effort was deflected just wide of the far post, before the forward missed the crossbar with a free kick in a risky position.
Brazilian star Neymar will return to action for Barcelona and he will hope to repeat his heroic performance against PSG when his side face Juventus. "It's an odd sensation to see my friends sad like that".