Barcelona manager Pep Guardialo has saluted his team, hailing them ‘awesome’ for securing a fifth successive UEFA Champion’s League semi-final.
The achievement came after Barcelona’s victory over AC Milan on Tuesday that saw a final score of 3-1.
After the victory Guardiola commented that “These players are awesome because they have shown the world the way they have to compete. We are so glad to be there and I am so happy to be their coach.”
Lionel Messi scored two goals from the penalty spot to become the youngest player to score more than 50 goals in Europe’s premier league competition. Messi now holds a prestigious record as he equalled former Milan striker Jose Altafini’s record of 14 goals in one season of European football’s top club competition.
Antonio Nocerino had given Milan hope of causing an upset when he put the team ahead on away goals with his leveller in the 32nd minute, but despite Barca not being at their flowing best they remain on course to defend the trophy they lifted at Wembley in May last year.
However, Guardiola admits that “I don’t think we are the favourites, Bayern Munich are there, Real Madrid are there.”
Guardiola also commented on now tough it is to remain consistent as a trophy winning club over time saying ”We have won two Champions Leagues in the last three years and we have reached the semi-finals five times in a row, so we have been very successful for this club.
“The most difficult thing in sport is to be consistent. You can win once or twice, but over many years to win the title is very tough.”
Barcelona will face the winners of Chelsea’s quarter final match against Benfica.
Source: Sky Sports