Iago Falque admits he “had to work hard” for Roma to earn a 1-1 draw against Barcelona.
It was a reunion for the Spaniard, who grew up in the Blaugrana youth academy.
“I am very happy, because it was my Champions League debut and we drew against a great side. Playing against Barcelona is special, but it’s not any kind of revenge for me,” he told Roma TV.
“I am pleased with the faith Rudi Garcia has in me. I do what he asks on the pitch, though it wasn’t my sharpest game in attack tonight because Barcelona really force you back.
“This is a very important point, as Barcelona are the trophy holders and it’s tough to get anything against them. We worked very hard and I think we’re on the right track.
“It’s easy to settle in and play good football with these teammates. I had to go deeper than usual, as Leo Messi always had the ball, so I had to help out Lucas Digne.
“Against Juventus we dominated practically the whole game, whereas we took a different approach with Barcelona, didn’t suffer as much as most of their opponents do and had our chances to score.
“I think we are on track for an important campaign.”
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