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Rijkaard delight at Schalke shutout

Published: Thursday 10 April 2008, 0.53CET
FC Barcelona's defensive qualities were key to their victory against an FC Schalke 04 team whose tactical display earned praise from both coaches at Camp Nou.
by Lucy Turner
from Camp Nou

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Goals scored1
Attempts on target7
Attempts off target4
Fouls committed14
Yellow cards1
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Published: Thursday 10 April 2008, 0.53CET

Rijkaard delight at Schalke shutout

FC Barcelona's defensive qualities were key to their victory against an FC Schalke 04 team whose tactical display earned praise from both coaches at Camp Nou.

Frank Rijkaard praised FC Barcelona's defensive efforts after their 1-0 victory over FC Schalke 04 set up a UEFA Champions League semi-final date with Manchester United FC. His opposite number, Mirko Slomka, felt that his team did not get the result their hard work had warranted although he was pleased by his players' whole-hearted performance at Camp Nou.

Frank Rijkaard, Barcelona coach
It was a tough game and Schalke put pressure on because they had nothing to lose. We played well although we didn't play as we'd intended in the first half. Schalke played well tactically. They controlled the midfield, with Jermaine Jones and Fabian Ernst, but our defence did a good job. We improved after half-time and had more chances. We worked hard to see out the tie, so I congratulate my players. Bojan [Krkić] had a great game and the crowd like him. But it's my job to make decisions and when there's booing for a substitution involving an 18-year-old [Giovani Dos Santos who replaced Bojan], that's not nice. The booing was for me and my change, not for the player, but for an 18-year-old to hear that is not good. He played well and almost scored. We now have to prepare well to face Manchester United, a very fit team. I don't know how the match will go, but it will be between two sides who play good football. We're happy to have won both quarter-final games and I imagine United are too. But I don't want to talk about favourites, because I never do.

Mirko Slomka, Schalke coach
We came out very strongly from the first whistle, displaying our own style of play, and we had a lot of chances to score in the first half. It got a lot more difficult for us in the second period but we stayed faithful to our game. Barcelona were very good and we tried to tinker with our tactics and managed to create a few more opportunities although it didn't work out and we lost despite all our hard work. Barcelona are now in the semi-finals and I don't know what will happen against Manchester United. I don't know if Barcelona will win but they'll have Lionel Messi back by then so will be much stronger. Overall, I think we played much better in the first leg in Germany than we did tonight, but the circumstances were different of course.

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