squad | 2016-04-24
Post-Match Comments: FC Barcelona vs Sporting Gijón
Gerard Piqué: "We are Barça and we know that we have a unique opportunity to win the league. If we take all nine points left in play, we will be the champions."
Luis Enrique: "In the first half we lacked speed, we were well-positioned and football at the top level you have to have speed. They had a pair of chances to draw level. The second half was different, we had better opportunities and we put the game away. For us it's vital to score a lot of goals. I'll stick with the positive things. We have one home game left and two away, surely it will be tough on the road but we’ll take advantage of a long week to prepare for the game against Betis.
MSN? They were lethal close to the goal but they need the whole team to support them, and the whole team deserves it.
Sergi Roberto? He took a knock and at the end of the first half he told us he had to come out.
The numbers say the team is in good physical condition. These games are tough and I hope this long week helps and we can work on specific areas and other things.
Neymar? Neymar has a lot of personality, he's a top player. He gives us a big advantage with his technical skill. I will stick with the support from the majority of the fans, who supported his play. We know he'll always be there, but in certain games he will play well or not so well.
We are a team that has to play well to win. I'm optimistic because I see my players training hard and we turned around a difficult situation, one that we never imagined.
We are in the best position among the three teams in the race for the title but we can't slip up.
I don't watch the games played by our direct rivals, I just assume they will get the three points and I focus on our game.
Piqué has had some discomfort in his hip since a little while ago and I decided to replace him with Bartra because he was the only center-back available.
I hope Sporting stay in the first division because they deserve it."
Luis Suárez: "All of these goals in the last two games have surprised me a little bit. I'm happy to be able to help the team. It wasn't any kind of obsession or objective. The most important thing is to win La Liga.
We weren't playing at the rhythm we wanted, and we weren't moving the ball with speed. We had to reflect on our play at half time because we weren't playing a good game.
Messi? He's the one who controls the team. When he's sharp, the team is very grateful.
We drew conclusions about the mistakes we had made and we continue to control our own destiny."
Gerard Piqué: "It's very difficult for Barça to win without playing well, and we weren't smooth in the first half. In the second half we started to play our game and we were able to put them back on their heels, and the goals came.
We are Barça and we know that we have a unique opportunity to win the league. If we take all nine points left in play, we will be the champions.
Neymar? He is very important to the team and we have to support him the way he deserves because he has given us a lot.
The referee’s decisions at the end of the game did not have any influence on the result."
Claudio Bravo: "We controlled the game much better in the second half than the first because we were much more intense.
When the team doesn't give up goals we are much more relaxed because we know we have a lot of potential on attack.
We have to come out and play our game and with that intensity we will be able to get the nine points left in play.
We have to stay calm and believe in ourselves. We know it's tough because everyone is playing for something, but we are more than good enough."
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