Villa - Barca were better
David Villa claims Barcelona were hugely unfortunate to lose their Champions League clash with Arsenal.
By Chris Burton
Last Updated: 17/02/11 1:32pm
David Villa claims Barcelona were hugely unfortunate to lose their UEFA Champions League clash with Arsenal.
The Spanish striker, who broke the deadlock at Emirates Stadium on Wednesday, feels Pep Guardiola's side should have been heading home with a first-leg lead.
As it is, the Catalan giants will welcome the Gunners to Camp Nou on 8th March looking to overturn a 2-1 deficit.
Villa is confident Barca can prevail over the course of the two-legged tie, booking their place in the quarter-finals, but believes they should have made more of the opportunities and possession which came their way in London.
He said: "They [Arsenal] are a very good team. They've caught us on two counter-attacks and caused us a lot of damage. We were better, but they hurt us on the counter.
"We didn't deserve this result. The scoreline, when we were 1-0 up, should have been bigger looking at the chances we had. But Arsenal are a great team and took advantage of their opportunity.
"[But] we have a team to get through. We will be ready for the day."
Barca keeper Victor Valdes, who was beaten twice late on by Robin van Persie and Andrey Arshavin, is also confident that Pep Guardiola's side can turn things around on home soil.
He said: "We had the game under control, but they took advantage of their chances well.
"There's still the second leg and we have faith that things will turn out in our favour. It's possible in our stadium. We are confident that it will all work out for us."