Cesc scoring the 1-3. PHOTO: MIGUEL RUIZ- FCB.

FC Barcelona beat Real Madrid at the Santiago Bernabéu in a vibrant game that ended 1-3. The Azulgranas managed to mount a comeback through Alexis, Xavi and Cesc after Benzema’s early goal. Fabregas was euphoric after Barça’s victory and he admitted that “it was a very special day” for him.

The Masia graduate analysed his team’s play: “the first half was difficult because they covered man-to-man really well, but in the second half we played fantastically.” The midfielder was also happy about Guardiola’s courageous tactical plan after Benzema’s early goal: “We played most of the game with only three defenders. It’s an incredible feat to do that at the Bernabéu, even more so if you come out winning, it says a lot about this team.”

Lastly, Cesc said that the team will travel to Japan “with a huge morale boost and with a lot of tranquility.” On the 3-4-3 system, Gerard Piqué said, “they were coming at us, but we had the confidence to be ourselves and to impose our play style. We had planned to play with three at the back, but we had to wait until the 10th minute to do it.” Xavi Hernández, Barça’s vice-captain, was much more direct: “We were much better than Real Madrid. We played an amazing game in every way. This is a turning point and we’re leaving Madrid with high morale.” The midfielder finished by saying: “Our philosophy is to be courageous and you can’t win at the Bernabéu without that.”

Víctor Valdés showed his enthusiasm after the match: “We keep on making history! Another game won at the Bernabéu.” The keeper also wanted to thank the team and the fans, “amazing team and amazing fans that came to the Bernabéu to cheer us on.” Valdés finished, jubilantly saying: “We’re going to Japan to win the Club World Cup.”