squad | 2016-04-06
Post Match Comments- FC Barcelona vs Atletico Madrid
Iniesta: "We know we’ll suffer at the Calderón but we have to if we want to stay alive in the Champions League."
Luis Enrique: "First, let me just say we have to look at the fact we were playing against Atlético Madrid. They’re a very well organised team from a defensive standpoint. Our only defensive error allowed them to score a goal and made it even more complicated. Nevertheless, we were much better than them from a collective standpoint. We were much better positioned too. It’s a shame we couldn’t score one more goal.
The support? I haven’t seen Camp Nou like that in a long time.
We have room for improvement and the match at the Calderón will be a nice one. We enjoy challenges. It will be a special game. We have to win at the Calderón. If there’s any team that can do it, it’s us. But the game we’re interested in now is the one against Real Sociedad [in La Liga].
The players? I saw the players with passion, but they also used their heads and were under control."
Luis Suárez: "We knew from the beginning would be a tough game but the important thing is that we won. The two foul calls were a bit harsh but the expulsion was decisive.
Next game? It will be very similar to tonight. But the result forces them to score no matter what if they want to go through."
Iniesta: "The result should be satisfying for us. We knew it would be a tough game. When Torres scored, Atlético had the game they wanted. They sat back and did not let us create many chances. In the second half we did a very good job. We also managed to control the rhythm of the game and we prevented them from getting chances. We were able to react and turn the game around.
It is normal that they paid for the expulsion of Torres. It’s not the same playing with 10 and it shows on the field.
We know we’ll suffer at the Calderón but we have to if we want to stay alive in the Champions League."
Rafinha: We knew it would be a very difficult game but in the second half we were able to create many more chances. We know that the return leg at the Calderón is a difficult game. We’ll play to win as we always do. I knew it would be a very intense match but I’ve been training very hard for two months to play matches like these."
Diego Simeone: I'm not angry with Torres, you can judge whether the sending off was fair. It was similar to Arda Turan at the Santiago Bernabeu last year. The referees are there to decide on these matters. I'm not saying everything I want to say, I'm trying to think about what to say about the game and the refereeing.
Suárez? It was more than two incidents, but I can't say what I think.
Barcelona? They knew how to handle the ball in the second half, we were stuck in our area and it was more difficult to get out."
Filipe Luis: "In the league game, for a kick on Messi, I was correctly sent off, but I don't know what these guys have to do to get sent off like us. I was crucified for that and an aggression but I don't know what they have to do."
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