Sergio Busquets during the game against Espanyol / PHOTO FCB: MIGUEL RUIZ

The first-team players, who had to settle for a one-all draw against Espanyol at Cornella - El Prat, were disappointed to not take all three points back to the Camp Nou. Sergio Busquets said, “more than winning a point, we left two here.” He went on to say, “we were having a difficult time at the end of the first half, because they had clear chances. But in the second half we were better than Espanyol, but they drew level. We had opportunities to win, but in the end it didn’t work out that way.” The midfielder also praised Espanyol and admitted that, “even though we deserved more, we were up against a difficult rival and we can’t do anything about that now.”

There’s still a lot of Liga

With this draw, FC Barcelona is now five points behind Real Madrid, however Busquets isn’t ready to throw in the towel: “There’s a lot of Liga left, it’s evident that it’s better to be ahead than behind, but that’s that. Let’s see if we can cut into their lead. We must keep on working.” Gerard Piqué also spoke to the press: “We must move forward, the Liga is very long and we cannot think that we’ve won or lost it.” He went on to say, “they (Real Madrid) will lose points and we will as well, we have to try and lose as few as possible and end the season with more than them.”

Here are the comments made by Barça’s first-team players after the match:

Gerard Piqué:

“We must know that this is a difficult stadium to play in, and that the rival counts for something. It’s hard to win here. Drawing was difficult.

“We dominated, and in the second half we controlled the game, but they shot and scored.”

Pedro:

“They played a great game. We, even though we controlled it, had a hard time. It was an open match.

“It’s hard because the game was under control and we were close to the three points. We must move forward, there are a lot of games left and a lot of points still in play.”

Dani Alves:

“Our opponents were excellent, even though we weren’t on target.

“It’s annoying when you don’t win. But this is part of football and the competition. We leave here sad because we paid a high price.

“We don’t look beyond our work. We must do our work correctly to try and attain our objectives.”

Training session, Tuesday at 11.00


Thiago and Iniesta passed an anti-doping test after the match. The team, coinciding with the FIFA Ballon d’Or ceremony, will have a day off on Monday. The next training session will be this Tuesday at 11.00 at the Ciutat Esportiva. It will be a closed-door training session.