Mathieu scores the only goal of the game and gives Barça a big win in Balaídos. / MIGUEL RUIZ-FCB

FC Barcelona central defender Jérémy Mathieu, thanks to his header in the 71st minute, was the main character in the drama that was Barça’s triumph over Celta on Sunday night in Balaídos. "Celta played well all 90 minutes, but there are games that are won on little details. The most important are the three points,” Mathieu said. With the goal, adding it to the one he scored against Real Madrid, the Frenchman now has two goals in the league. "I can’t choose. Both are very important because we won both games."

"It was a tough game," said Mathieu; Barça had to work hard to win after the international break. "Playing after international matches is more difficult because the dynamics of the team are a bit off."

Mathieu also highlighted the play of Gerard Piqué, his line mate at the heart of the Barça defence, which single-handedly prevented a goal in the second half and was very effective throughout the game. "Playing with Piqué is very simple; he’s outstanding. It's amazing to play with him."

Sergio Busquets

"It was important to start well after the break, and at Celta we knew it wouldn’t be easy."

"In the first half we couldn’t find any outlets and they were better. In the second half we figured it out and were much better."

"These three points are very important because there are fewer and fewer matches left until the end of La Liga."

"The coming week is very difficult. We have a tough schedule but we can’t complain. We’re alive in the Champions League, we lead the league and we’re in the Spanish Cup final."

Mathieu and Busquets post game reaction to win... per fcbarcelona
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