The best reaction after losing two consecutive matches is winning the next two. With excellent football and especially with a lot of ambition, Barça secured, against Villarreal, its second victory in as many games after defeating Celtic (6-1) on Wednesday. “It was very difficult but we did a lot to secure the result,” said Andrés Iniesta, who returned to the starting line-up this evening. “We’re improving, and we’ll continue to improve,” he added.
Neymar’s fantastic form hasn’t gone unnoticed and Iniesta said that the Brazilian “can decide matches” and the team’s intention is to “try to make sure that the player’s goalscoring streak continues as long as possible.”
The main objective, according to the Spaniard, is to “close out the Copa del Rey tie and try to win the three points at Getafe.” The midfielder added that the goal is to maintain the advantage over Barça’s immediate pursuers in La Liga, and if possible, “increase the advantage.”
“I’m very comfortable with the confidence the players and the boss give me,” said Marc Bartra after putting in a great performance this evening. “We took a step forward today,” said the defender and he highlighted the “eagerness and intensity of the team.” Bartra went on to say that the “victory is very important because it was against one of the best teams in La Liga.”
Like Iniesta, Bartra praised Neymar: “It seemed as though he wasn’t scoring but he’s found himself in these last couple of matches.”
Here are the statements made by some of the players after the match against Villarreal:
“We needed to score more goals before their equaliser”
“There’s a lot left to the league and our advantage is important. All three teams (Barça, Atlético, Real) are equal”