Tello xuta amb la cama esquerra

Tello ha fet el seu primer hat-trick amb el Barça. / FOTO: MIGUEL RUIZ-FCB

The Copa del Rey match against Levante saw two players in particular put in stellar performances: Messi who gave three assists and Tello who scored his first hat-trick for FC Barcelona. “He left me alone in front of goal three times and I have to thank him for that,” said the Catalan on Leo Messi. “To have a player like that on the team is spectacular.” When asked about the connection he shares with the Argentinian, Tello highlighted the deep through ball down the left wing “is a play we are used to because he’s left-footed.”

The former La Masia player is also very pleased with his performance: “Scoring a hat-trick gives you a lot of confidence. I’m very happy because opportunities should be taken advantage of.”

“They made it difficult for us”

Cristian Tello explained that Levante were “a team that made it difficult” for Barça and the tonight’s victory “is very good for the team because we’ve been a bit unlucky with our results.” He added: “We were very intense and, in the second half, we converted our chances.”

Here are the statements from some of the players after the match:

José Manuel Pinto

“Leo Messi has shown how great he is – if he doesn’t score goals, he doesn’t care. He saw the space for Tello. Tello made excellent runs.”

“We were the team that attacked more and, in addition to the goals, we were the team that created better chances.”

“We didn’t give away set pieces, we didn’t concede corners or free kicks – in this regard we played really well.”

Sergi Roberto

“We knew that we were going to play against a defensive team, but we reacted well.”

“Taking the lead was crucial, it opened up more space for us.”

“Personally, I should have shot twice but I passed instead, but the important thing is that the team won.”

“I’m very pleased that Tata Martino has confidence in me.”

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