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06.05.2009 23:56

Iniesta: "I put my heart and soul into that shot”


Andrés Iniesta was FC Barcelona's hero at Stamford Bridge after hitting a stunning goal in injury time to send the team into the Champions League final on away goals and he described the effort as "perfect".

"I put my heart and soul into that shot and the ball went in the top corner of the net in the only place that it could have done," he said after the game. "I do not know what went through my head after I scored it because all I know is that we are now in the final in Rome. But we deserved to win, not only for this game, but for everything and the way that we have played all season and for the effort that everyone has put in."

Iniesta continued: "You cannot dream about moments like that. Today is one of the happiest days of my life. It really was an incredible feeling. With the goal that we let in at the start and also Éric Abidal's red card were the low points of course."

Reflecting on the opponents, the midfielder added. "One has to admire Chelsea as they have been in the semi finals regularly for five years."

Samuel Eto'o

"We have the chance to win three trophies this season."

"The desire to win, to be together and to do everything well in training and each game has served us well to reach the final."

"If we have reached the final it is because we have believed in ourselves."

"All we can do now is start dreaming. This is all marvellous."

"Pep is the best."

Bojan Krkic

web_32.jpg"We knew that this story had to finish well and we have obtained what we deserved."

"It has cost us a lot to earnt his result and I think that justice was done."

"We have had a spectacular five days. We have to enjoy this, but we also have to ensure we finish the season well."

"I only want to enjoy today and the unforgettable experience we are going through."

Gerard Piqué

"There are no words to describe what we are going through."

"We had to work hard to create chances because after Chelsea scored the goal they defended with a lot of players."

"Andrés' name, just like that of Bakero, will go down in history."

"I finished playing up front. That as a moment of the game when it went mad and we had to do anything we could to score."

Lionel Messi

web_20.jpg"The goal that they scored made the game harder for us."

"The happiness is just incredible and so is the joy of the fans."

"It is all in our hands. There is so much about to happen that we have no time to think,"

"In the dressing room there was a party and everyone was delighted."

"We had a lot of faith until the last minute and we never lost our belief."

Dani Alves

web_13.jpg"It is my anniversary and I cannot ask for more."

"Today football has won over against strength. They are a strong team, but we beat them with our quality and never let our heads drop."

"In life opportunities cannot be wasted. We have to now work hard to win the treble."

"We are pleased with the way everything is going."
Iniesta:  “I put my heart and soul into that shot”
Thursday off
Josep Guardiola has given all the FC Barcelona players Thursday off and they will return to training on Friday at 18:00 CET when Samuel Eto'o will appear in the press conference.

José Manuel Pinto and Eto'o underwent a random anti-doping test after the game.

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