Barcelona coach Pep Guardiola refused to answer when questioned about whether the best team had won last night. Seeming to catch his breath, all he could answer was ‘what a game.’
After Barcelona had taken a one nil lead, had another wrongly chalked off for offside, and missed another glorious chance courtesy of Messi, who has never scored in England in 8 attempts, it looked like curtains for Arsenal but a last 20 minutes of football that left everyone salivating for more saw Arsenal equalise and then take a lead to the Nou Camp in three weeks time.
Guardiola expects more of the same in Barcelona, wave after wave of attacking intent, and knows his team now need to score in the return leg to keep their own Champions League dream alive.
“I think we were okay. We have lost the first leg so we have to win the second leg,” he said.
“We controlled the play for most of the match but we know they can play very well positionally. They are very good and very fast when they counter-attack.
“If we analyse this result it is not too bad. I think in general I am happy with the performance. But we need to score goals in the second leg.
“They will attack and we will attack too.”