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Cesc Fàbregas / PHOTO: MIGUEL RUIZ - FCB

Pep Guardiola’s men said the game, where FC Barcelona managed to get a draw in stoppage time, was complicated. Cesc Fàbregas, scorer of the first Barça goal, said the game “was very difficult, we had to put a lot of effort in, there was a lot of rain, and the fans were fantastic.”

The pitch conditions were especially bad during the second half, where both FC Barcelona and Athletic Club players suffered the consequences of a saturated field. According to Cesc, “the pitch was really wet, it was difficult, the last two goals were defensive errors.” Furthermore, Cesc had nothing but praise for Bielsa and the opposing team, “their coach is very good, we know that they will have a fantastic season.

Despite the draw, Cesc Fàbregas underlined the importance of being the only team in the league that remains unbeaten, he added “even though it’s not the most important thing I’m very happy for the goal. The most important thing is to help the team, now we have to focus on Tuesday’s match against Hospitalet.”

Here are additional comments from Barça players made through social media channels:

Víctor Valdés: “Draw in San Mamés. Another very important point for the league. A bit sad we didn’t take the game...”

Dan Alves: “Great team effort, prouder than ever to have such teammates!!”

Thiago Alcántara: “Amazing atmosphere and amazing game in San Mamés despite the draw! We’re proud of the game we played!”

Andrés Iniesta: “Great game in San Mamés even though we didn’t get the three points, [it’s] a very difficult stadium where they pressure you...”

Carles Puyol: “Hello everyone. We weren’t able to get the three points in a very exciting and vibrant game for the spectators. Now we have to continue working.”

Preparing for the Copa

The team will train on the 7th, this Monday, at 11 AM. Xavi will hold a press conference afterward.


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