Smith beams at Barca point
Rangers boss delighted with draw
By Graeme Bailey. Last Updated: 24/10/07 6:05am
Rangers boss Walter Smith was understandably delighted after his side claimed a point against Barcelona in Group E of the UEFA Champions League.
The Gers battled to a goalless draw at Ibrox to maintain their unbeaten start to the group stages and keep them level at the top on seven points with Barca.
"It is a big result for us," Smith told Sky Sports.
"For us to come this far in the tournament already is a fantastic achievement by all the players.
"They have worked extremely hard and for us to step up to a level like that, although we were under a lot of pressure for a lot of the game, we defended magnificently, we kept a terrific level of concentration throughout the game and for all their possession we restricted Barcelona to a few chances.
"I don't think they had many clear-cut opportunities in the game and I am delighted for everyone as we had to work very hard for that."
Smith admitted he was worried that his side my suffer a late lapse in concentration.
"It was a terrific performance for us, the players worked very hard at everything they were asked to do," he said.
"As the game goes on you think their levels of concentration will go down.
"But they managed to keep their levels of concentration and although we didn't create many opportunities throughout the 90 minutes we were close and just delighted to get a point which could prove to be a vital one for us."
Looking for repeat
Smith admits that in two weeks when the reverse fixture is played in Catalunya - his side will adopt a similar approach.
"I think we take that Barcelona know we are difficult to break down," he said.
"We will play in a similar manner over there as we did tonight, but people forget that Barca are one of the top teams in the world and we know when we got to the Nou Camp it will be an extremely tough task for us."