Adriano celebrant el seu gol contra l'Athletic Club / FOTO: MIGUEL RUIZ - FCB

Adriano Correia has burst onto the this season’s scene as a left back capable of scoring a lot of goals. With his goal against Athletic Club, the Brazilian now has five goals in 14 La Liga matches. After the match, the Blaugrana defender said, “I have never scored so many goals at this point of the season,” he added: “I’m very pleased that I’m able to score goals for the team.”

Fourth highest scorer for the team

In Barça’s great start to the season - the best start in the history of La Liga -, Adriano, besides proving to be a great defender, has become the team’s fourth highest goalscorer. On tonight’s 5-1 victory over Athletic Club, the Brazilian explained that “we were very serious from the start, the first half was fantastic.” The Basques approached the match with an offensive mindset, and Adriano is thankful for that: “We prefer to play against teams that want to play their football, it makes you more focused and it forces to play at your best.”

The defender, who recently recovered from injury, featured in the Cup match against Alavés on Wednesday and today he was named to the starting line-up. “I had to work hard in order to recover in time for this game. I managed to do it and the manager thought it was a good idea for me to play,” said Adriano. He added: “Matches against Athletic Club are always physical and demanding.” Lastly, Adriano said, “this is probably my best season, and the team is playing very well, but there’s a lot left to do.”

Here are the statements made by Cesc and Jodri Alba after the match:

Cesc Fàbregas:

“This is always one of the most difficult matches of the year, they are always demanding.”

“We really enjoyed ourselves on the pitch because Athletic Club force you to play at your best level.”

“We did what we had to do; whatever happens in the Madrid derby is secondary.”

Jordi Alba:

“We’re very proud to break the record for the best ever start to a La Liga season, but nothing is decided and we have to continue working hard.”

“The team never gets tired of winning, it’s an honour to part of this group.”

“We played a very good first half and in general we played a great match.”

Training session at 11.00

Barça will train tomorrow morning at the Ciutat Esportiva Joan Gamper at 11.00. After the session, Gerard Piqué will hold a press conference.