[CHAMPIONS LEAGUE REACTION]
Barcelona took some of the pressure off its coach, Frank Rijkaard
, with a thoroughly
deserved 3-0 win over Lyon in their UEFA Champions League opener on Wednesday night at the Nou Camp Stadium.
"It's a great result -- three goals, an attractive game, a good
atmosphere," said Rijkaard, "so I have to congratulate my players. The team played well with the crowd behind them and that's what we need at the moment in the league and Champions
Rijkaard had a lot to be pleased about, beginning with Thierry Henry
's first goal since joining Barcelona from Arsenal.
"I'm happy with the third goal we scored," said the Dutchman, "because Thierry worked hard throughout the whole match, and I think this will spur him on for the matches
Henry's goal came when put the ball into an empty net after Lyon keeper Remy Vercoutre
had saved Mexican teenager Giovani Dos Santos
' initial effort.
Barcelona finished the game with the 18-year-old Dos Santos
17-year-old Bojan Krkic
playing up front with Henry.
Young Argentine Lionel Messi
was the star for
Barcelona, setting up the first goal Lyon defender Francois Clerc
knocked into his own goal in the first half and scoring the second himself with eight minutes
remaining in the game.
Rijkaard tried to downplay the substitution of Ronaldinho
, who had another quiet game for Barcelona.
sportsman always wants to play," said the Barcelona coach, "so it was normal for Ronaldinho to be a bit upset at being substituted but he played well. He's an important player for us
and there are plenty of matches ahead. I like seeing things positively so despite some supporters booing him, most of them applauded him and that's what I value."