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Gerard Piqué celebrates the games opening goal in minute 55. / VICTOR SALGADO - FCB

FC Barcelona defender Gerard Piqué, whose 55th minute strike put Barça up 1–0 in a game they would go on to lose 2–1 to arch-rivals Real Madrid, said the final result was fair.

“We weren’t able to control the game despite being a man up,” he said. “It’s a tough loss to take against our biggest rivals and we have to turn the page.”

But, Piqué added, “The league title is still looking good for us.”

Javier Mascherano, Sergio Busquets and Dani Alves also attended to the media after the game. Here are the highlights of what they had to say:

Javier Mascherano

“The score is what it is. Justice doesn’t exist in football.”

“They hurt us in the last 15 to 20 minutes, especially since we had the momentum.”

“There are no givens. To win you have to fight to the end.”

Sergio Busquets

“We knew it would be a tough game because Real Madrid are a great team.”

“We weren’t well-positioned at the end.”

“If the league title was still in play before, now it is even more.”

Dani Alves

“We didn’t have enough scoring chances.”

“The drew level right away and that threw us off.”

“It always hurts to lose. If we had won we would have practically eliminated them from contention but the league is through consistency throughout the season.”




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