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Andrés Iniesta during the match against Getafe / PHOTO: Miguel Ruiz-FCB

Barça closed the gap with Real Madrid, who still have a game in hand, to one point tonight after the Catalans beat Getafe 4-0 at the Camp Nou. “Madrid are the leaders, they have the advantage. But there’s still quite a bit of Liga to play. What we have to do is win the games we have left,” said Andrés Iniesta. The midfielder said that his teammates must have their “batteries charged” in order to take advantage of any slip up that Madrid might have from here until the end of the season. Despite the one-point difference, the Azulgranas aren’t giving up on the title: “things have changed and we’re still fighting for the title, and we’ll keep fighting for it until the end.”

Goal express

Iniesta was the man that supplied Messi with the assist in Barça’s second goal. “The goal was scored after a very fast one-touch play. When they close themselves off we have to play as quickly as possible. It worked out well,” mused Iniesta, who also said that the team “is on a good trajectory” and that “we took advantage of our chances.”

Barça’s next match will be away to Levante. The Azulgranas place a lot of value on this Saturday’s match seeing that the Valencia-based team are currently holing a Champions League spot in the table.

Victory dedicated to Abidal

Most of Barça’s players dedicated tonight’s victory to Abidal, who underwent liver transplant surgery today. Iniesta said: “I’m happy to dedicate this win to Abi. This is for you!” Another hot topic among the footballers after the match was the fact that Barça ended the game with 10 home-grown players on the pitch.

Barça’s footballers will be keeping a close eye on tomorrow’s match between Atlético Madrid and Real Madrid. “This is a match worth watching because it’s a derby, and derbies are always intense. I’ll be watching it, but Madrid is capable of winning and Atlético is playing at home. Without a doubt, it will be an exciting game,” said Iniesta.

Here are the statements made by the FC Barcelona players after the match:

Montoya:

“It’s very easy to play with this team because they are the best. We have to win all of our matches and hope that Madrid drop points. We’re working really well and we’re on the best form we’ve been on all season. We have to pressure our rival [Madrid].

“Being one point away from Madrid after being 10 away is beautiful and we have to continue the trend. We have to keep on working.”

Valdés:

“The boss always tells us what we need to hear. We’re in the final stretch of the Liga and we have to grit our teeth, it’s almost over. We’re one point away, we’ll see what Madrid does tomorrow. The work that needed to get done today, is finished.

“Fantastic match from the team and now we’re only a point behind the leaders. I have to highlight the fact that we finished the match with 10 players form the youth system on the pitch.”

Adriano:

“We have to keep on running, the best part of the season is ahead of us. This was a good game, we were able to attack and keep our patience. We earned a good result. We believe we can win the title. We’ll keep on fighting until the end because there are still a lot of points still in play. We have to hold on to this thought and work really hard.

“Levante have always been a difficult team. It’s an important match. We cannot allow ourselves to repeat the errors we’ve committed in the past.”

Pedro:

“The fans were spectacular, I don’t have words. Great work from the team and great victory. This is for our friend Abidal.”

Cuenca:

“This victory is for you, Abi. Be strong, we eagerly await your return!”

Muniesa:

“It’s an honour to finish the match with 10 players from the reserve side. I hope we can someday finish a game with 11.”

Alves:

“Great work from the team. The show must go on.”

Training session on Wednesday

Barça will train tomorrow at 11:00 at the Ciutat Esportiva Sant Joan Despí in a closed-door session. Sergio Busquets will hold a post-training press conference

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