Xavi / PHOTO: MIGUEL RUIZ / FCB

The FC Barcelona vice-captain, Xavi Hernández, who played the entire match at the Santiago Bernabéu, said that the “two errors and the red card” were key in his team’s defeat this evening.

On the other hand, Barça’s number 6 noted that “we bounced back well and we could have won the Super Cup. We kept on playing football and we were true to our style of play despite playing down a man. In the second half we created enough chances to win the title.”

On the immediate future, Xavi explained that “we lost a title but there are more important ones still in play, now we have to change our mentality and think about the Liga match this Sunday.”

Sergio Busquets:

“I’m upset that we were better both in the away leg and in the return leg. Despite playing with 10 players, we had more chances to score.”

“Madrid took advantage of two counter attacks, that’s where they can hurt you, and they scored two goals.”

“I’m very proud of my team-mates, when things aren’t going well, like today, they always go forward but it wasn’t meant to be despite the fact that we created chances.”

“We left the impression that we’re a strong team and that we can play good games and win a lot of titles.”

“I think we were the better side and we have to focus on the positive aspects of the game, on Sunday we have a Liga match; we’re leaders and this isn’t going to stop.”

“The substitution is normal, I didn’t have a full pre-season and it’s always noticeable when you don’t have sufficient preparation.”

“I think Song played well, he’s a great player, we knew he was before he came - he played a good game.”

“This Sunday against Valencia we’ll go out to win the match, we’re leaders in the Liga and I hope we can maintain the top spot.”

Piqué:

“They were very strong, they scored two goals and we went down to 10 men. But we played a fantastic second half.”

“We have to improve how we start matches, but playing like we did with 10 men in this stadium is commendable.”

“Madrid won the title with the 20 minutes of good play they had in the away and return leg, I congratulate them.”

“We had our chances in front of Casillas despite being a man down and we dominated ... I’m sticking with the way we played in the second half.”

Pedro:

“They started off very strong and they took the lead, it’s very difficult to fight back at this stadium especially if you’re playing a man down. We fought and we created chances, but it wasn’t meant to be.”

“Alves was an important absence for us but any Barça player plays well wherever he plays.”

“We had a couple of good chances to equalise, but we weren’t lucky enough in from of goal like we have been in the past. It’s time to congratulate Madrid on their victory.”

Iniesta:

“The two goals really and the red card really hurt us. It’s not easy to play with 10 men here, but either side could have won the title tonight.”

“We should never talk about personal errors, it’s always about the collective. You pay dearly for errors when you play against a team that are so good on the counter like Madrid.”

“It’s not easy to lose a match, but it’s true that the second half, playing with 10 men, was ours. I congratulate Real Madrid for the title, but we aren’t ever going to give up.”

Afternoon training session on Thursday

The team will return to training on Thursday afternoon at the Ciutat Esportiva. The closed-door session will start at 19.00. Carles Puyol will hold a press conference after the training session.