Barcelona coach Jordi Roura confident of Champions League progression

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Barcelona's stand-in manager Jordi Roura says his side are confident they can overturn the 2-0 deficit against AC Milan in the second leg of their Champions League tie next week.

The media attention on Barcelona's form has inflated in recent weeks following losses to Real Madrid in the Copa del Rey and La Liga, which were preceded by the defeat at the San Siro.

But, Roura stressed negatives at the club are often over-emphasised by the media and that the players are ready to take on Milan at the Nou Camp next Tuesday.

He told reporters in a press conference: "There is always a tendency to get overly euphoric when we win and excessively pessimistic when we lose.

"We all want to come back against Milan. We had a long week but the repines [of the players] is extraordinary, and that makes you think we have a chance.

"[Lionel] Messi, and all of them, are very competitive. When things do not go well, the group gets down for two days, no more.

"I see him, and all the team, very focused on tomorrow's game [to Deportivo La Coruna] and looking forward to overcoming Milan."

Barcelona currently hold an 11-point lead at the top of La Liga and should return to winning ways this weekend against bottom of the table Deportivo, who are without a win in eight games.

Roura said of the match: "The game against Deportivo is very important for us. We must be very focused. Our objective is to keep fighting each week to win this league."

Roura has been stand-in coach at the Nou Camp since manager Tito Vilanova took a leave of absence to receive treatment for throat cancer.

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