After making seven changes from the weekend, the Blues’ boss felt the youngsters who took part against Shakhtar did themselves and the Club proud.

“Congratulations to Shakhtar, they made it a good game, but we did too,” said Pep.

“We started really well but their first goal was magnificent while their second I felt we didn’t defend too well.”

“But we fought, and I’m so pleased for Tosin, Brahim and Phil for how well they played in the Champions League against a really good team in Shakhtar Donetsk.”

“They are resilient and talented players and the people saw it. We came here to win, we couldn’t, but we were there until the end to trying to do so.”

“We had already qualified, so we tried to put one player there up front and changed things a little bit.”

“We were helped by Fernandinho in our build up because Tosin and Mangala have other qualities from that and we created good spaces outside because they defend really well. I’m pleased and happy for the performance.”

Oliver Hayes