I said we needed to play 4-5-1 long before last night, this argument has nothing to do with hindsight.
We pressed them too far up the pitch – let them make 15 passes between their back four – it’s not going to hurt us there. What annoyed me is that we’re pressing there LB in their own half when he has so many passing options, and giving the best player in the world time right outside our penalty area to pick his spot, pose for the camera’s, smile, call his mum, call his dad, and then score. We gave them space in the areas they can really hurt us.
We had to play ugly to beat them, drop back, soak up the pressure, and then break. And break by passing it, not hoofing it up to the channels in the hope that we’d pick up the second ball. Barcelona are a great team full of great players, but our tactics helped them look good.