Villa and Alves happy with a draw
David Villa and Dani Alves admitted after FC Barcelona’s 1-1 draw against Rubin in Kazan on Wednesday that taking a point from the game was a bad result given the circumstances.
The Blaugrana duo felt that the team should not be disappointed with the outcome despite dominating
possession throughout the encounter. On the half-hour mark Rubin broke away and took the lead from
the penalty spot and Barça then took advantage of a foul in the area when Andrés Iniesta was fouled
to draw level through Villa.
Rubin employed six defenders and made life very difficult for Barça and
for that reason Alves was not dismayed not to have won. “Given the circumstances of the game
we go away feeling content,” the Brazilian said. “As a team they have played very well
defensively. They had a line of five behind a line of four. We could not find much space and that
cost us. We should have read the game better.”
Villa agreed with his team-mate: “They defend very well and they closed up the space
very well,” he commented. “It was very hard for us to penetrate between the two back
lines. Then the penalty made things even more complicated for us. If we had taken one of our early
chances then things would have been different.”