Xavi afirma que ha estat un partit vistós / FOTO: MIGUEL RUIZ-FCB

The FC Barcelona players knew that beating Milan was very important because it would  mathematically secure top spot in their Champions League group. The team dedicated the victory to Barça’s assistant coach, Tito Vilanova, who underwent surgery on Tuesday.

Xavi Hernández, one of the goalscorers along with Messi, explained that it wasn’t an easy game: “We had a bit of a hard time, it was an attacking game with goals.” He emphasized that “it was an attractive game against an Italian team that wanted to attack. In general we played well, the victory gives us prestige.” Xavi also talked about the goals he’s scored since the beginning of the season, “I play on the inside and I try to get deep, we have to take advantage of centre defenders moving up to mark Leo Messi.” The midfielder places great value on the victory and securing top spot in the group, further adding that mathematically securing first place will allow Barça to “rest” and concentrate on the League.

Javier Mascherano:

Javier Mascherano, who played at centre back once again, said, “the manager chose to play with three defenders once against because it allows us to attack better, more players are able to get to the opponent’s area and you could see that during the game, especially in the first half.” He added, “if this team has anything it’s courage, taking risks is part of the history of this Club.”

Carles Puyol:

“We feel good, we played well, we had a very good opponent in front of us. Victory has more value this way.”

“When we played with three defenders in the first half, they opened the field up and it was difficult to get to their players on the wings, but we solved the problem when Busquets was added to the mix.”

“It was an open game, they opened up the field, and we took risks. If we had scored all of our chances, the goal difference would have been bigger.”

David Villa:

“We were brave to start out with three defenders, everything worked out. We had a lot of chances to score during the first half.”

“We were looking to secure top spot and qualification, it was very important because we have a tight schedule coming up with the Clásico and the Club World Cup.”

Anti-dopting test

The FC Barcelona players, Cesc Fàbregas and Seydou  Keita, passed their post-match antidoping test.

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