FC Barcelona showed that they are a solid team as they fought back from Sevilla’s opener at the Ramón Sánchez-Pizjuán. Gerardo ‘Tata’ Martino explained in the post-match press conference that “we’re aware that we’re at a crucial part of the season, the match could have been tied up 2-2 but we managed to control the end of the match.”The match could have been tied up 2-2 but we managed to control the end of the match

Counterattack goals

Three of Barça’s four goals were scored on the break. When pressed on the issue, the Argentinian manager affirmed: “you have to know when to choose to be direct and when to have more possession.” After Sevilla’s go-ahead goal, Barça reacted and imposed its will on the match. “We played poorly for the first 20 minutes, but once we equalised we played better,” said Martino.

Leo Messi, who scored a spectacular brace, once again showed how lethal he can be in front of goal. The manager was to the point when asked about Barça’s No.10: “when the pride of the best player in the world is hurt, the next opponent usually suffers, and that’s what happened,” he added that he wants “any version of Messi” on the team.”Being first brings tranquility, now the game starts to see who doesn’t fail

Leaders after a seven-day hiatus

With this evening’s victory at the Sánchez-Pizjuán, Barça regained the top spot of La Liga. Level on points with Atlético Madrid and Real Madrid, Barça are first thanks to their superior goal average. “Being first brings tranquility, now the game starts to see who doesn’t fail,” concluded Martino.