Petr Cech says Arsenal were not clinical enough to beat Barcelona

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Petr Cech says Arsenal did everything right against Barcelona on Tuesday night, except for the fact that they failed to take the few chances the Spanish club afforded to them.

Two goals from Lionel Messi in the latter stages of the match saw Barcelona leave the Emirates with a 2-0 win and, as Arsene Wenger claimed, a 95% chance of qualifying for the quarter-finals.

But the scoreline was not a completely true reflection on the game. While Luis Enrique's men dominated possession, Arsenal had several clear-cut chances to score themselves. Most notably, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain's gilt-edged opportunity from six-yards out in the first-half.

Cech, who made a string of fine saves over the course of the match, believes his Arsenal side could have actually won the game had they been clinical with their chances. In fact, he claims their wastefulness was the only thing they did wrong.

"If you play one of the favourites to win the Champions League and you have a chance, you need to find a goal," he said, according to the Mirror.

"I thought we did really well until the first goal. We had some opportunities and we should have scored. I think that would have made a big difference.

"The only thing we didn’t do well was take our chances. In games like this you need to be more clinical and you need to find the back of the net. They had three or four chances and we had the same. The difference was they managed to score a goal from a counter attack."

Messi record broken

This was the first time Cech faced Barcelona in an Arsenal shirt, but he had experienced success against the Catalan outfit whilst playing for Chelsea, especially against the five-time Ballon d'Or winner Messi.

In six games, the Argentine had failed to score against the goalkeeper but broke his duck after finishing off a slick counter-attack involving Luis Suarez and Neymar. He soon scored his second from the penalty spot.

Cech, however, says he is not concerned about losing his impressive record against Messi and is only disappointed that his team could not win.

He said: "We are disappointed because we lost the game, not because one of the best players ever managed to score against me. I’m disappointed because we lost by two goals and our task is very difficult to qualify."

On Messi's opening goal, he said: "I knew that he could shoot so that is why I managed to put my body over there but he used the space.

"I hoped the guys that were coming back could block it on the line but they weren’t able to."

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