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Víctor Valdés in the game against Real Sociedad / PHOTO: Miguel Ruiz - FCB

After putting in another fantastic performance in goal, Víctor Valdés said the game against Real Sociedad was difficult. “It’s been a hard day, it’s very cold, but we played well. It was a very close result, the supporters were suffering because of us but we fought until the end. In general terms, the team was on form,” said the keeper.

Valdés also praised Barça B’s Cristian Tello: “I want to congratulate him for his first goal with the first team, we have the best youth system in the world.”

The keeper highlighted the importance of winning tonight’s three points: “it’s important to win all the games that we have to play, we are in a situation that leaves us with no margin of error, we have to keep on winning three points each week and wait for Madrid to stumble.”

Lastly, he talked about the importance of the semifinals return leg of the Kings Cup. “We must play a good game. Valencia will come to score a goal and we must be careful until the end,” said the keeper.

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

Cristian Tello:

“We worked hard to win this match because we needed it. I have to thank the manager for the confidence that he gives me, I’m very happy.

“There’s a lot of Liga left and a lot of points [still in play]. We have to fight for the League until the end.

“We had a hard time but we managed to win the game, it was necessary. Real Madrid can lose and we must be ready [when they do].”

Dani Alves:

“We had the chances to score more goals, but in the end the game was difficult. We gave them a chance, and they came after the game after their goal. Despite that, we fought to win the three points.

Leo Messi doesn’t only score goals. He’s a player that works so hard, he tries to do everything, and it’s all for the team. We’re very happy with his work regardless of the goals he scores.

“The wide full-backs didn’t have to attack as much tonight, we only had to be aware of counterattacks. Tello and Cuenca played a very good game.

“We’re very motivated for the game on Wednesday. We have the chance to enjoy another final, but we’re going up against a very difficult rival and we hope the supporters come to cheer us on.”

Adriano Correia:

“It was a bit difficult. It was a similar match that we played there [Anoeta], but we managed to win and we played a good game.

“We’re very pleased with Tello, he’s another player from the reserve side that’s succeeding with us. I hope he can stay.

“I’ve never been so cold. The pitch, after it was watered down, was frozen. Despite all that, we’re very pleased with the result and for the three points.”

Training session on Monday

The first team will return to training on Monday, Feb. 6, at 11.00 at the Ciutat Esportiva Sant Joan Despí. Javier Mascherano will give a post-training press conference.


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