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Gerard Piqué / PHOTO: ÁLEX CAPARRÓS - FCB

The FC Barcelona centre back, Gerard Piqué, said that today’s victory over Real Betis “was extremely important. This match almost guarantees us the league title. It was vital.”

Piqué went on to say that victory over Betis was borne out of team play, above anything else: “we played a great match, in the first half we were unlucky: they had two chances and they scored two goals. In the second half we played the same brand of football and we managed to win. Football gave us what we deserved.”

Thankful for Vilanova

When asked about Leo Messi’s performance, Piqué was clear: “we know that he’s the best player in the world, and we hope he continues to be for many years to come. He knows to be at the right place at the right time.”

In relation to his declarations after the Champions League semi-final and the subsequent comments by Tito Vilanova, he said, “I hold Tito in the highest regard, he was coaching me when I was 15 years old. I don’t feel bad about what was said yesterday. He is the manager and he has every right to say what he wants. I said that we needed to improve, and I was talking about myself on a personal level. We all need to improve next season.”

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

Alves:

“There is no such thing as the past in football, we have to live in the moment.”

“The players and the fans have to celebrate the title. We’re competing against a great team, and we’ve managed to beat them, we need to be grateful for this group of players ... they have dazzled the world with their football.”

“I don’t think we need to change the team too much. If the Club believes it necessary to bring in new players, we would be in agreement with that decision.”

Iniesta:

“God willing we’ll be champions soon. There aren’t words to describe the value of a title like this.”

“If the team suffers, the fans do as well, and vice versa. When we win titles it isn’t just for us, it’s also for the fans.”

“There is a dependency on Messi because he’s a fundamental player, but the whole team is also important. Having him with us is always a positive thing.”

“When the players talk about needed changed, we are referring to things that would change the team for the better. Changes that are designed to help us. I’m sure the core of the team is capable of competing and winning. We shouldn’t go crazy with the changed next year.”

“It would be a good season if we win the league title. We’ll try to win it again next season.”

Alexis:

“Leo motivates us. And he’s motivated by us, too.”

“Betis are a great team. It was a pleasure to play against them.”

“We want to be champions. We really wanted to win today. We need to focus on our next match.”


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