The Catalan midfielder says that in the first half "we struggled a bit but in the second we controlled the game and it was a completely different match"
Both Cesc and Alexis are pleased with their first goals in the Champions League
The Chilean says that "I have more confidence each time I play" and he notes that Barça "beat a great team in a great stadium"
Barça in top spot
Celtic beat Spartak Moscow by 2-3 in the other Group H match this Tuesday. The result leaves Tito Vilanova’s men clear at the top with six points. The Scottish team are in second position with four points, Benfica in third with one point, followed by Unai Emery’s side, who have yet to win any points. Celtic will face FC Barcelona on October 23 at the Camp Nou.
The Blaugrana will return to training at noon tomorrow at the Ciutat Esportiva. There will be no press conference after the session.
Cesc Fàbregas was one of the best players on the pitch tonight at Da Luz Stadium in Barça’s match against Benfica at Da Luz Stadium (0-2). In addition to putting in a good performance in the midfield, the player scored the winner when he fired past Artur for Barça’s second goal of the night. “We’re playing better each time we play, they started off strong and we struggled a bit but in the second we controlled the game and it was a completely different match,” said the Barça player on last night’s game. On Carles Puyol’s injury, the midfielder said that "It's “unfortunate. Your body just feels bad, he’s so fundamental to the team that it makes it more painful, but he’s one of the strongest guys I've ever known, I’m sure he’ll be back stronger than ever.”
Finally, the Blaugrana midfielder closed his session with the press by talking about his newly found goalscoring form: “I’ve always been calm about it, sometimes it doesn’t go in, but now I’ve scored two goals with my left foot - I’ve never done that before.”
Here are the statements made by the FC Barcelona players after the match:
“I’m gaining confidence and I have to continue like this. We have another important game on Sunday and I want to continue like this”
“We played against a good team, and we’ve never won here before. I’m pleased that I scored”
“Puyol is a very important player for us. It’s a shame because he was coming off of another injury. Hopefully he can make a speedy recovery”
“We were the superior side, we played a fantastic match going forward and on defence. We scored two goals and we could have scored more, we beat a great team in a great stadium”
“I feel better every day, I’m sure I’ll improve. I’m pleased because I’m getting playing time”
“The Clásico is a very important match for the team, whoever plays will do a great job. I’m at the manager’s disposal.”
“We played against an intense team, they pressured us quite a bit and they have quality players. We scored a goal in the first half and that calmed us down, we could have scored more and we finally did in the second half”
“Puyol’s injury is really bad news, he’s the captain, a fantastic player and a man the brings a lot to the group and the team, now he’s picked up another injury but hopefully we can have him back with us soon”
“We’re coming into the Clásico on form”
“Great victory over a great team like Benfica. What a great first half! I haven’t been tested that much in a while. The worst bit of news, Puyol’s injury. Ánimos captain!”