Andrés Iniesta was playing for the first time since his injury at the Santiago Bernabéu

Andrés Iniesta was playing for the first time since his injury at the Santiago Bernabéu / PHOTO: MIGUEL RUIZ - FCB

[[DES_1]]Andrés Iniesta was back in action for the first time tonight since getting injured at the Santiago Bernabéu. He played the full game and afterwards commented that “it’s never easy to come back after so long. But I felt fine and that’s the most important thing. I was able to play without feeling any trouble and that’s calmed me down a lot … In the end, I wasn’t out for as long as expected, although experience has taught me not to rush these things. Injuries are what they are and you have to give them the time required”.

As for the goal, he said that “when you try a shot from outside the area, they sometimes go in, and that was the idea then. I pulled off a great shot … When you play a football match, you always want to win and play well.”

The following comments were also heard in the mixed zone after the game:

Pedro Rodríguez

“I’m very happy with the goal and now I have to keep growing, sticking with my team-mates, and playing”.

Sergi Samper

“We did the job we had to do and have got a great result for the second leg”.

“We knew they’d be very motivated, but we also went out strong and got an early goal.”

“4-0 is a great result. We’ll try to do even better in the second leg, and get some minutes to keep improving.”

“Being the player who made the most passes is something that also happens to me in the B team. That shows there’s not that much of a difference between playing for the reserves and playing for the first team”.

“I’m feeling calmer all the time. I try to make the most of the chances that Luis Enrique gives me and every time I play for the first team I try to show that I’m good enough for this team”.

Training on Friday

The first team are being driven straight back to Barcelona now that the game is over, and the coach should arrive at around 4.00 AM CET. Luis Enrique has given the players the day off tomorrow Thursday and they’ll be due back at the Ciutat Esportiva on Friday at 11.00 AM CET to start preparations for the derby with Espanyol.

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