Champions League: Happy despite Inter draw, says Valverde after Barcelona qualify

Nov 08, 2018, 08:33 IST | PA Sport

"We played a great game, the quality of Inter is that they know how to handle themselves very well. They have earned many points in the last moments of matches."

Champions League: Happy despite Inter draw, says Valverde after Barcelona qualify
Ernesto Valverde

Ernesto Valverde declared himself happy after Barcelona qualified for the Champions League Last 16 following a 1-1 draw at Inter Milan.

Barca, who would have sealed first place in Group B with a victory at the San Siro, grabbed the lead in the 83rd minute through substitute Malcom's strike. Mauro Icardi then levelled four minutes later as the visitors dropped points in the pool for the first time.

"We wanted to close out our lead, we did everything possible, but we're happy because we managed to qualify," Barcelona boss Valverde said. "We played a great game, the quality of Inter is that they know how to handle themselves very well. They have earned many points in the last moments of matches."

Lionel Messi was once again not involved, as for Barca's previous four matches. "We didn't want to take a risk with Leo. We were careful in training, but we knew that today's match would be like how it was."

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