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I will not quit Barca - Rijkaard


Rijkaard was critical of the English team's style of play

Frank Rijkaard insisted he would not quit as Barcelona coach following his side's 1-0 defeat by Manchester United in the Champions League semi-finals.

Rijkaard, linked with a summer move to Chelsea, said the thought of quitting "has not entered my head".

"I have no intention of leaving," he added. "It would be different if the players were saying it is time for me to go but that is not the case."

Barcelona will end the season without a trophy for the second successive year.

Despite dominating possession for large spells of Tuesday's match, Barcelona could find no way through to cancel out Paul Scholes' 14th minute goal.


Barcelona paid the price for a lack of cutting edge as United repelled wave after wave of attacks.

Rijkaard conceded United had defended well but was also critical of what he felt was their negative tactics.

"The level of English teams is high," he said. "It is very difficult to beat them because they are very strong.

"They are very organised and all get behind the ball. It is very tough to beat an English team.

"The type of football they play is only in the Premier League. They defend as though their lives depend on it. And they are very successful.

"But I do feel English teams have a lot more to give. I just feel it is a great pity it is not the most beautiful kind of football to watch."

Spanish websites said Barcelona's defeat signalled the "end of an era" for the Catalan club.

They have failed to keep pace with fierce rivals Real Madrid in La Liga and Dutchman Rijkaard looks certain to be dismissed at the end of the season.

"Barcelona are a massive club and there are people to take the decisions at the end of the season if decisions need to be taken," he added.

see also
Man Utd 1-0 Barcelona (agg 1-0)
29 Apr 08 |  Europe
Ferguson heaps praise on Scholes
29 Apr 08 |  Man Utd
Player Rater
19 Dec 06 |  Live Text
Barcelona 0-0 Man Utd
23 Apr 08 |  Europe
Champions League photos
29 Apr 08 |  Europe

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