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Cesc Fàbregas is playing at an extraordinary level. The Catalan midfielder once again played a crucial role as his team beat Rayo Vallecano 0-5 last night in Madrid. “We played our best game of the season,” said Cesc who went on to praise the attitude his team-mates displayed against the Madrid-based side: “They went toe-to-toe with us and they made it difficult for us to play out of the back.” Rayo’s high-intensity approach to their match against the Blaugrana took its toll in the final minutes of the match, according to the Catalan midfielder: “Rayo’s players went all out in the first half and that favoured us in the second, that’s when the spaces started to open up.”

The fact that so many Barça players have picked up injuries in the past weeks has been one of the major talking points in Can Barça. When asked about the injured Barça players, Cesc said that “we need to be proud of this team. We’re going through a complicated moment in terms of injuries but we have a big enough squad to keep things moving forward.” The midfielder added: “When we’re back to full strength we’ll be spectacular.”

Cesc then thanked Tito Vilanova for giving him “the chance to feel important in the team.” The midfielder finished his post-match interview by saying that “the key is having mental confidence, if you’re focused from the start things usually work out well.”

Messi is unstoppable

The Argentinean is on his way to breaking even more goal-scoring records. Leo Messi scored two goals in Barça’s 0-5 rout of Rayo Vallecano, thus increasing his lead at the top of the Pichichi table. “We feel really comfortable on the pitch,” said the Argentinean. “It’s important that we keep on winning and we hope to continue on form,” said Messi when asked about his team’s impressive start to the 2012/13 La Liga season.

Messi will receive the Golden Shoe award on Monday (October 29). The award is presented to the leading goalscorer in league matches from all top divisions of European national leagues. “I’m very pleased that I’m receiving this acknowledgement, but [the reason I won it] is because of everyone’s efforts. This is a group award.”

Messi was prudent when asked about Barça’s 11-point lead over Real Madrid, and he also noted that “we’re having really bad luck with injuries, but we’re all playing at a high level.”

Here are the statements made by the players after last night’s match against Rayo Vallecano:

Pedro:

“It was an intense and aggressive match. We were able to come out on top and we managed to get a really good result.”

“We played an excellent first half.”

“This victory allows us to keep our streak alive. The most important thing is to keep our confidence up and not lose points.”

“We can’t say that we’ve won anything, there are still a lot of matches to be played.”

David Villa:

“This was my first game at Vallecas. I had a good debut and I was able to score.”

“We proved that we don’t tire easily. The daily work is vital and we have the same attitude that we’ve always had.”

“I’m very pleased with how everything is going, I was able to help the team and I’m getting more minutes each time we play.”

“Victories don’t come easy. In the Copa, against Alavés, we need a good result because it’s a difficult stadium and they’ll be very focused.”

Sergio Busquets:

“We played a very serious match in a very difficult stadium and we managed to secure a great result.”

“I feel comfortable as in the centre back position. The team’s circumstances called for a different back line, but we did a good job.”

“The team is doing well. We’ve won in very difficult stadiums like Getafe's and Osasuna's.”

“We’ve done what we were supposed to do.”

Training session on Sunday at 11:30

Tito Vilanova will take to the Ciutat Esportiva Joan Gamper's training pitch on Sunday at 11:30. It will be a closed-door session and there will be no press conference afterward.


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