Iniesta targets CL glory with Barcelona
Barcelona midfielder Andres Iniesta has set his sights on Champions League glory this season as the Blaugrana prepare for their competition opener against Spartak Moscow here today.
The Spanish schemer has been crowned a champion of Europe with his club on three occasions, but suffered semi-final heartbreak last season when his side lost to Chelsea.
“I think we basically did everything well,” he told Uefa.com. “The only thing was that (Chelsea) scored their goals in stoppage-time, both away and at home.
“But we were close to making it to the final, just that bit of luck was missing. It just wasn’t going to happen. Chelsea did an exceptional job and took advantage of their chances. If nothing else, we can learn from this.”
London’s Wembley Stadium has played host to two of the four finals that the Catalans have won in their history, and Iniesta revealed that he was looking forward to another shot at glory in the English capital.
“It is a place, a stadium that is important to Barcelona, in this case because of the Champions League trophies we won there. So we have our minds focused on that, but there is still a very long road ahead of us.
“Football today is so balanced out that it’s pretty difficult to make it into the final and to achieve things, but we take it with anticipation. We had a lot of joy to make it to the final and we will fight to the end.”