Leo Messi was brought off on the 82 minute as a precaution. The player was dealing with problems in the adductor of his right leg.
The next training session is scheduled for this Friday at 12.30 at the Ciutat Esportiva Joan Despí. Xavi will talk to the press after the session.
Pinto and Song underwent a post-match doping test. The Cameroon international was not able to finish the test in time to catch the team’s flight back to Barcelona. The player is scheduled to return to the Catalan capital on Friday morning.
Once again Sergio Busquets facilitated the transition between FC Barcelona’s defence and attack with brilliance. His clairvoyance, his mastery of the situation and the ease with which he navigates his position becomes more evident each time he takes to the pitch. “The result is fair, in fact we should have won by more,” said the midfielder after this evening’s match against Málaga.
Busquets went on to say that “in the first half of the away leg in Barcelona, and today throughout the 90 minutes we could have scored more goals.” When asked about his awkward spill that looked like it might have resulted in an injury, Busquets said, “I finished the game without any problems and I’ll be ready to go on Sunday.”
Lastly, the Catalan midfielder talked about the upcoming showdown with Real Madrid: “we want to win every competition we play in. We have to play against Real Madrid in the semifinals, and we hope to get a good result in the away leg [in Madrid] and later, here, with our fans cheering us on, we hope to get to the final.”
Here are the statements made by other members of the first team:
“We knew that it was going to be a difficult match and we had to win. Now we have a great semifinal against Madrid, we’ll see who wins.”
“We came here to play great football, and that happened in the second half and in the end we got a good result.”
“We knew that it would be a complicated match and that’s exactly what it was. We tried to control the ball, even though the match got a bit crazy at times but I think the result is fair.”
“I didn’t think I would score so soon, I’m very content and happy, especially because we made it through to the next round.”
On the Clásico
“Casillas is the captain and the emblem of Madrid, he’s already shown his quality. Adán is also a very good keeper.”
“It’s exciting because it’s a Cup semifinal and because if you win you go onto the final. It’s one of the most attractive matches of the year and we have been lucky enough to play it these past couple of years. First we have to play against Madrid, they will still be dangerous even though they will be missing important players.”
“We knew that we had to come here and win. We knew that it wouldn’t be easy to beat them, they proved that all season long but we played a great game.”
“I’m happy that I was able to help the team with my goal, I think we scored our four goals at the right times and we qualified for the next round, which was our objective.”
“The work of a referee is very complicated and I prefer to not say anything else on the matter.”
“They drew level very quickly both times, the important thing is the aggregate score and the second half was practically ours.”