Barcelona manager Luis Enrique has quashed out talks Gerard Pique’s yellow card was tactical to help him feature for the side in their quarter final fixture if the Catalans sealed through.
Lionel Messi’s brace broke his nemesis against goalkeeper Petr Cech to give Barcelona a better chance of qualifying to the quarter finals.
Gerard Pique’s late tackle on Danny Welbeck- who changed the face of the game with a blistering fashion for the Gunners after he came on for Olivier Giroud.
Pique will miss the second leg at Camp Nou and many thought Pique’s tackle was intentional but boss Luis Enrique brush off such claims in the post match press conference.
“I don’t know if you saw the incident, but it wasn’t a deliberate yellow card in the slightest.
“If you have seen the fault, you can see that he has to do that fault.”
Meanwhile, Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger said Barcelona are 95 percent through to the quarter finals.
“Barca is through 95 per cent certainly, but we want to go there and play,” said Wenger.
But Luis Enrique believes Barcelona have a lot to do in the second leg : ”We are the winners of this game, we deserved it.
“The score is really good but there is nothing decided yet. We will have to perform very well in front of our crowd in the second leg.”
Barcelona are leading the La Liga table with 63 points nine and 10 points above second and third placed city rivals Athletico Madrid and Real Madrid respectively and will play at home to Sevilla on Sunday.
While Arsenal are third on the Premier League table with 51 points, two points behind leaders Leicester City and will trip away to Man United on Sunday.