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Isaac Cuenca, against Zaragoza. PHOTO: ÀLEX CAPARRÓS- FCB.

Once again the youth squad striker, Isaac Cuenca, was in tonight’s starting line up and once again, he didn’t fail to meet expectations. After the match the forward thanked Pep Guardiola: “The manager showed that he trusts me, and if things work out well, all the better.”

Villa’s assistant

Playing wide right, Cuenca gave Barça’s front line more punch and depth. His cross to Villa was exactly what the Asturian needed to send the ball to the back of Roberto’s net. “We pressured really well, we didn’t let them play close to their goal. I got the ball and I simply crossed it to Villa,” said the timid Cuenca.

The Camp Nou is starting to love the youngster and chants of “Cuenca, Cuenca” could be heard at the end of the match. “It’s encouraging when they chant my name, it makes me want to keep on working and fighting,” he said with his usual modesty.

Xavi Hernández

“After 10 or 15 days without competing, it’s hard. The team played a great match.”

“We feel really good physically, we pressured high... in general terms we did a good job.”

Gerard Piqué

“These three points are very important. Games like these can become complicated but today we played well. Now we have to concentrate on Milan.”

“It’s normal that teams that come to the Camp Nou play defensively and try to counterattack.”

Andrés Iniesta

“Victory after the international break! I’m very happy for the win because it’s hard to win every weekend in the League.”

Cesc Fàbregas

“Very few players don’t understand Messi’s style of play. It’s so easy to play with him.”

“Xavi helps me a lot when it comes to playing in this position. He’s given me good advice.”

Next training session, Monday

Barça will rest tomorrow, Sunday, and will return to training on Monday (11.00). The training session, in the Ciutat Esportiva Joan Gamper, will be closed to the public. Sergio Busquets will have a press conference at 10.30 h.


Barça’s next opponent in the Champions League, AC Milan, was held to a goalless draw against Fiorentina. Allegri’s men clearly dominated the match, with a goal from Seedorf called back in the 18th minute. The striker, Alexandre Pato, played the 20 minutes of the game after being declared fit to play.


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