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Guardiola 'honoured' with Milan victory

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Barcelona boss Pep Guardiola was 'honoured' to claim victory against AC Milan in the Champions League last night.

The La Liga champions were twice hauled back after taking the lead through Mark Van Bommel's own goal and Lionel Messi's penalty. Xavi scored the winner in a 3-2 victory at the San Siro.

Victory ensured Barca's progression to the knockout stages of the competition as Group H winners, and Guardiola is now looking forward to the challenges that lay ahead as they chase a third success in four years.

"It was a true honour to have beaten such a prestigious team like Milan at the historic San Siro. I'm pleased that the people who watched the game had fun," Guardiola said post-match.

"We played a good away game, and now to come here and generate so many chances against such a big team, with such history and tradition... it gives us pride. It’s an honour to beat Milan at San Siro.

"The lads competed to win. I saw things that make me rather optimistic for the future. Once again, I can say that we will compete until the end and try to win something."

Guardiola will have the opportunity to rest players against BATE Borisov in their final group game in a fortnight, whilst the luxury will not be afforded domestically when Barca travel to Getafe on Saturday looking to close the gap on Real Madrid at the top of the league.

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