Roura: Barcelona paid high price for PSG draw

Barcelona assistant coach Jordi Roura was disappointed Paris Saint-Germain managed to pull off a last-minute comeback in the first leg of their Champions League tie.

He suffered a hamstring injury shortly afterwards.


The Catalan side took the lead twice in the game, thanks to Lionel Messi's first half goal and a penalty from Xavi late in the second period, but could not prevent Paris Saint-Germain from striking back both times.

Former Barcelona striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic scored the Ligue 1 club's first goal, before Blaise Matuidi struck in the last minute of the game to ensure that PSG would travel to the Camp Nou on level terms.

Roura told the club's official website that he was convinced Barcelona had done enough to come away with a victory in the first leg.

"We’re a bit sad with the result seeing how the match played out, we had the game won despite the adversities," Roura stated.

"The result is not as good as we would have liked, while the price we have paid to achieve it is high."

Argentinean star Messi was taken off at half-time after injuring his hamstring, while compatriot Javier Mascherano left the field on a stretcher in the 84th minute due to a knee injury. Roura admitted that the loss of these two key players was hard to swallow, but he believed Barcelona still have what it takes to finish the job in the second leg.

"We have lost Leo [Lionel Messi] and Javier [Mascherano] to injury and we are down about that. It now looks as though [Gerard] Piqué is going to become even more important to us, taking into account the players we have lost at the back," Roura pointed out.

"If neither Messi nor Mascherano can play the return leg it will be a very big blow for us, but we will try to take advantage of the big squad we have. We knew beforehand about the potential that PSG have, so we were not surprised by them. They are a very direct and physical team. While knowing how hard the second leg will be, we are capable of winning at our ground and getting through this tie."

The return game of the Champions League quarter-final tie between Barcelona and Paris Saint-Germain is slated to be held on the 10th of April.

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