Why was Barcelona ‘overwhelmed’ by Napoli’s pace?

The Champions League final saw Barcelona thrash Napoli, 2-0, on penalties, but it was the Brazilian side that won the hearts and minds of football fans.

They scored a brace, Diego Costa scored twice and Neymar, the Barcelona captain, set up a brace for the second-to-last goal.

They then scored again to send Napoli into the knockout stages of the Champions League.

With the score 1-1 in the first half, it was a crucial moment for the Napoli players.

“We got a penalty.

We had a penalty and we didn’t even get a touch on it,” said defender Javi García.

“So we were overwhelmed, it’s true.”

“But we didn´t let it stop us from being the best.

We didn´ve had a bit of luck, we got a chance to score a goal, but we had a problem, we didn`t finish the chances.”

“We didn´T give them the chance to play.

They were too strong.

It wasn´t a problem for us, we just tried to defend and we couldn´t do it.”

After that, the game went to penalties.

And when the final whistle blew, Napoli were overjoyed.

“It was a fantastic performance.

The result was perfect, it just goes to show you that you can’t win by just scoring goals, you have to take them on the chin,” said goalkeeper Guido Gazzaniga.

“The last 10 minutes was like nothing I have ever seen, we were on top, we had two good chances, we made it 3-1, it could have been 3-2.”

“It is a big game, it is a great challenge for us to win, it´s a big derby, it should be a great game, but unfortunately we didn\’t score a single goal,” added Costa.

“But the result shows that we are still the best team in the league, we can win this game.

I don´t know if I will get another chance to start, but I hope we can be the best.” 

Napoli captain Juanfran Gomes was in the stands.

“I was in tears, I was very happy,” he said.

“When we got the penalties, I could feel that we were going to score.

It was a good result.

We played well and it wasn´te easy.

But I feel happy, we have played well.”

“The final was a perfect example, it wasn’t a penalty or an error, we won the game with the best of intentions,” added Gomes.

“And now, we are the best in the world.

I’m happy.

We have shown it.”