Madrid: Barcelona came in for some unfamiliar criticism back in Spain on Thursday, accused of lacking fighting spirit to match their superb technique after being taken down 2-1 by Arsenal.
"There were two teams who needed the ball to play their game but there was only one ball, and the question came down as to how such a dilemma would unfold," said Santi Gimenez, a columnist in sports daily AS.
"Broadly, it unfolded like this: Barca had the ball but not the unbreakable spirit or faith that characterises wounded teams. And a wounded Englishman is very dangerous. And he knows how to fight back. And in the end, strength overcame technique."