Roura – Barca will battle on

Barcelona assistant manager Jordi Roura insisted they will not

give up on the UEFA Champions League despite a humiliating 4-0

defeat by Bayern Munich in their semi-final first leg.

The German champions romped to victory at the Allianz Arena with

Thomas Muller’s brace plus goals from Arjen Robben and Mario Gomez

inflicting the Catalan club’s joint-heaviest defeat in European

football.

Barcelona were some distance below their best and now need a

miracle in the second leg at Camp Nou next week if they are to

reach the Champions League final at Wembley in May.

Roura told reporters: “We have to compete in the second leg and

try to win. We will give it our all.

“We lacked the freshness to compete with them which is something

we have to look at.

“We didn’t play that badly in the first half but then they

scored early in the second and from there it was difficult.

“We didn’t see situations where we could have changed things

after the break. We know the situation is difficult.

“Bayern Munich have to be congratulated. They played a great

game, they were very strong and they are a very physical team.

“Bayern were the better team and we congratulate them. We had

possession in the first half but didn’t do much with it.”