Xavi in the King's Cup match at the Bernabéu / PHOTO: MIGUEL RUIZ

FC Barcelona once again came away from the Santiago Bernabéu with a win (1-2), and the players showed their happiness after the match, Xavi Hernández explained: “we’re very pleased with the victory at the Bernabéu, this is a good period we’re living in. We went out onto the field and we had a great time against a powerful and historic Madrid. We played a great game.” The midfielder said that his team’s play was superior to Real Madrid’s: “in the first half we dominated but we were a bit over eager with the final pass. In the second half we were at ease and we played more comfortably. In general there was only one dominant team: Barça.

Despite tonight’s display, the Barça players don’t believe that the tie is over. Looking forward to the return leg, Xavi said: “we need to try a keep on playing football, that’s what we like to do and it’s what we’re good at. We have to be superior. There are 90 minutes left and it isn’t finished.”

Below are the comments made by Barça players to the press:


“We played a great match, we did a great job. We started from behind, which means we had more pressure on us, but this team always responds.

“I believe that we understand our game philosophy really well, it doesn’t change no matter what happens in a match.

This team grows with adversity.

“We still have the second half of the tie to play. We hope that the fans will cheer us on at the Camp Nou.”


“Despite tonight’s result, we’ll be looking to win the return leg.”

Cesc Fàbregas:

“Besides winning we also played good football, we’re very happy.

“It’s great to be able to say that Puyol and Abidal scored at the Bernabéu, that makes this victory all the greater.”

Carles Puyol:

We know that a great team needs very little to do a lot of damage. We controlled them really well.

“We achieved a great result, but we’re up against a great team and fantastic players. They’ll come itching to settle the score and that’s when they are dangerous.”

Training at 12.30

The team will return to Barcelona this Thursday and will hold a closed-door training session at 12.30 at the Ciutat Esportiva. Gerard Piqué will hold a post-training press conference.

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