Barcelona coach Gerardo Martino believes that his team’s 4-1 aggregate win against Manchester City in its two-game UEFA Champions League Round of 16 series proves that the Catalan giant can beat anyone in the competition. When asked what kind of draw he would prefer to get in the UCL Quarterfinals, Martino replied: “After playing City and gone through 4-1 it shows we can do it against whoever we get,” he said. “Against teams like City, Barca or any other team can’t dominate the full 90 minutes. We have to learn to suffer. City can beat any of the teams who have gone through. We’re ready for whoever we get [in the next round].”
The Argentine coach, whose job was rumored to be on the line depending on Wednesday’s result, went on to praise the performances of midfielder Andres Iniesta, defender Javier Mascherano and goalkeeper Victor Valdes. “Iniesta has been one of the most consistent players of the second half of the season,” he said. “Mascherano has a way of playing that makes it difficult for him to make mistakes in games. He was once again one of the best players on the team. Valdes has been very decisive in many matches this season, in the same way that the keepers at [Real] Madrid, Bayern [Munich] and Atletico [Madrid] have been,” he added.