Lionel Messi, Ronaldinho and Samuel Eto'o all started for the first time since August and Rijkaard said afterwards: "It was not our most shining game but, mentally, it is a good triumph because Eto'o returned after his injury. That also is a victory.
"It is important that the team obtains results with them on the field. It is impossible for those that return from their injuries to be in perfect shape. Barca demonstrated a good mentality. It was a hard-working victory. We must still be happy with the result although not with the game.
"Ronaldinho played and fought like his teammates. He wanted to take the penalty and I was happy to see him score."