Laporta hails Barcelona values

Barcelona president Joan Laporta believes that his side fully deserve their place in the Champions League final, where they will face holders Manchester United.

Barca needed a last-gasp Andres Iniesta goal to see off Chelsea on away goals in the semi-finals, but Laporta felt that justice was done in the end.



He told reporters: "We had a moment of good luck, but it was also justice. It's clear that football loves the beautiful game.



"We have played football at the highest level throughout the Champions League and we deserve to be in the final.



"We have secured a dream final. Until now, it seemed that only winning mattered, but we have demonstrated that football can be based on skill and spectacle, the two things that Barca represent.



"I have to congratulate all the players as they deserve this wholeheartedly, especially since we had to fight ten against eleven."



Meanwhile, Barcelona forward Eidur Gudjohnsen admitted that he felt sorry for his former Chelsea team-mates following their heartbreaking Champions League semi-final exit.



Andres Iniesta's stoppage-time strike sent Barca through to the Rome showpiece final, with several of the Blues players unleashing their fury at referee Tom Henning Ovrebo at the final whistle.



Gudjohnsen said: "It's difficult. It's an awkward sensation and I didn't want to celebrate because a lot of the boys were my brothers for six years.



"But obviously I'm very happy for my team-mates. It's a great moment. Football is a harsh game and Chelsea have felt that. It's difficult to say if we were the best team.



"They say you make your own luck and the way we played with ten men was impressive."



Elsewhere, Valencia president Vicente Soriano insists there will be no talks over a deal for striker David Villa this weekend when Los Che host Real Madrid.



Spain star Villa is being tipped to leave the cash-strapped Mestalla in the summer, with Real reported to be heading the queue of clubs seeking his signature.



However, Soriano told AS: "Never in the meal before games do we speak of transfers, at least not I. Besides, nobody has said anything to me about the matter.



"It is not something that interests me and I remember everyone said he had left Valencia last summer and now look where he is.



"We will wait for the league to finish and then see what happens.



"Right now, until the league is over, we do not have an interest to speak about it.



"Then, we will say what we have to say and do what we have to do. Everyone knows what I want to do personally."

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