Holders Barcelona began the defence of their Champions League title with a comfortable 5-0 win over competition newcomers Levski Sofia – prompting Ronaldinho to describe it as the perfect start.
“Winning in this manner will give us even more confidence,” the World Player of the Year told Barca TV.
“It was a perfect night and I was pleased to get on the scoresheet too. We couldn’t have asked for more.”
Goals from Andres Iniesta and French winger Ludovic Giuly put them 2-0 ahead by halftime, before skipper Carles Puyol made it 3-0 and Samuel Eto’o and Ronaldinho completed the rout with fine individual efforts.
Levski coach Stanimir Stoilov said he had no complaints about the heavy defeat on their debut in the group phase.
“I want to congratulate Barcelona. They totally deserved their victory,” Stoilov told a news conference.
“They were a class apart and it is no accident that they are one of the best teams in the world.
“We tried to stem their attacks as best we could and tried to be as positive as possible.
“It is a big defeat for us but if you want to be an ambitious, attacking side you always run the risk of conceding goals. We got here by using these tactics.”