Moments after watching his team scratch out a victory against Spartak Moscow, Barcelona manager Francesc 'Tito' Vilanova said suffering on the pitch was good for the club because it brings home the fact that the name Barça alone isn't going to win any games, especially in the Champions League.
"I'd rather have won easily and have suffered less, but it was good for us. We can't think that because we are Barça it's all easy. In football nothing is easy," Vilanova said during the post-game press conference.
Spartak's Spanish manager Unai Emery, meanwhile, bowed to Barcelona ace Leo Messi, who scored the last two goals in spectacular fashion.
"Talking about Messi is talking about football excellence. You can stop him, but it's very difficult. If you surround him with defenders, it opens up the field for the rest of the (Barça) players to participate," Emery said.
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