By ESPNSTAR.com staff
Emery led his charges to the Camp Nou in order to try and secure a win at the stadium in the Champions League opener between the two sides on Wednesday. The 40-year-old coach has famously failed on 12 previous attempts with former sides Valencia and Almeria and had stated his optimism that he would finally break the record with his new side ahead of the game.
And it seemed as if he would finally be rewarded for his persistence as his side secured a lead early in the second half after Romulu put them ahead in the 58th minute.
However, Barcelona did not give up and managed to secure the win after Lionel Messi scored two goals late on in the game.
Emery was dejected after the game but conceded that Barcelona deserved the win. He went on to state that his side can only hope to defeat the 2011 Champions League winners in the future if they manage to play a "perfect match".
"I am satisfied with what the team showed, because it is another phase in our development," he stated in a post-match interview.
"I prefer to believe that things will work out in the future.
"We tried to find a way to win the game. Barcelona didn't create many chances and we hoped to be clinical with the few that we had.
"The most important thing was to score goals, which we did, but it was not enough. In attack we wanted something more.
"I have the misfortune of being in a group of coaches who have never won at the Camp Nou. [But] to beat Barcelona you need to play a perfect match."
Emery brushed aside comments that Barcelona are heavily reliant on the talents of Messi as well. The Argentinean scored his 14th brace in the Champions League but Emery feels that the Barcelona squad is full of players that can make a difference and any attempts on just focusing on marking Messi out of the game would not be a effective gameplan.
"You can stop Messi for a certain amount of time, but when you concentrate on him other players find space so it is very difficult."
Spartak next play Celtic on October 2 with Barcelona playing Benfica in their next European fixture.