Barcelona captain Lionel Messi has claimed that his side was “spectacular” in the second leg win against Manchester United but insists the Blaugrana will not take either of Porto or Liverpool for granted in the semifinals.
After winning 1-0 at Old Trafford, Barcelona decided to take it up a notch in the return leg at Barcelona, securing a 3-0 win at Camp Nou in the second leg of their Champions League quarter-final.
Messi, as expected, led from the front and scored two decisive goals to take the game away from Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s Manchester United. Former Liverpool man, Philippe Coutinho, completed Wednesday’s routing by scoring an outside the box screamer in the 61st minute.
The Argentinian, who was chosen as the Man of the Match for his brace, has asked his team to start matches strongly while also lauding the Catalans for playing a near perfect game.
“Taking off the first five minutes, where we were cold and a little nervous, I do not know if the result was weird and that made us come out that way,” he said to Movistar, as quoted by Mirror.
“But then the goals came and we played spectacular football. The important thing is that we go to the semi-finals, but I’m happy for the win and for how we did it. We have the experience of Rome, which in five or ten minutes can complicate the classification or leave us out and we have to be aware of that.”
“Liverpool or Porto will be very difficult, but beyond that we played a great game,” he concluded.