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Guardiola admits to relief
11 Dec 2009 - 07:43:14
Barcelona boss Josep Guardiola has admitted that he breathed a sigh of relief following the Nou Camp giants' progression to the last 16 of the Champions League.
Guardiola watched as his side made a disastrous start in their final group fixture against Dinamo Kiev in Ukraine on Wednesday, falling behind to an early Artem Milevskiy header.
But the former Spain international could afford to relax when Xavi equalised on the half-hour mark before a spectacular Lionel Messi free-kick secured the victory.
With the draw for the next stage of the competition being held next Friday, Guardiola should be confident now his team have progressed from a tricky group.
He said: "It is a delight to be able to continue in Europe. It has been very tough, a terrible group. I don't want any merit to be taken away from what we've done because we've finished at the top of the group.
"We could have gone out or we could have finished first. We have suffered mentally and have been on some very tough journeys."